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Boys Soccer: Bulldogs maul CM, then drop six in a row

Highland sophomore Andrew Roach gets ready to pass the ball while being defended by Civic Memorial sophomore Jayden Heeren during the Bulldogs’ 6-0 win over the Eagles on Tuesday of last week.
Highland sophomore Andrew Roach gets ready to pass the ball while being defended by Civic Memorial sophomore Jayden Heeren during the Bulldogs’ 6-0 win over the Eagles on Tuesday of last week. News Leader

The Highland High boys soccer team overwhelmed visiting Civic Memorial 6-0 on Tuesday of last week for its second successive win. But then the streak went the other way for the Bulldogs as they suffered a six-match losing skid.

Dropping six matches in a row dipped Highland’s overall record to 6-13. The Bulldogs only scored two goals in the six losses.

First last Thursday at Glik Park, Highland suffered a 4-1 overtime defeat to rival Triad.

That was followed by three consecutive losses over the weekend at the Gateway City Classic — 2-1 to Dunlap and a pair of 2-0 setbacks to Cape Notre Dame and Washington.

On Monday at Glik Park, Highland fell 2-1 to visiting Belleville West.

Finally on Tuesday, the Bulldogs traveled to Jerseyville and suffered a 3-0 loss to the Panthers that dropped Highland’s Mississippi Valley Conference mark to 2-4.

In the win over CM, Highland scored two goals before halftime and then pounded the back of the net for four tallies after the break.

Brent Rapien and Evan Herman scored two goals apiece. Herman also dished out three assists and Rapien netted the game-winning first goal of the game.

Mitchell Miller added the other goal while Cory Stieb, Brendan Schrage and Andrew Roach each had one assist and Luke Jones made four saves to earn his second shutout of the season.

In the tough loss to Triad, Montana Gilbert scored off an assist from Ollie Pfeieffer with about nine minutes to play to pull Highland even with the Knights, only to watch Triad pump in a pair of goals in the first overtime followed by another in the second extra session to go on to a 4-1 victory.

Chase Jones tallied a pair goals and one assist for the Knights while Levo Triplo chipped in a goal and two helpers and Jaden Deatheridge scored the game-winning second goal in the first OT.

In addition, Triad goalie John McGee denied an amazing 19 Highland shots and Jones stopped four shots in the net for the Bulldogs.

In the three tourney games at the Gateway City Classic, Miller tallied the only goal for Highland off an assist from Rapien while Jones made 13, three and six saves, respectively.

In the one-goal home loss to Belleville West on Monday, Rapien netted his 12th goal of the campaign off a feed from Roach to allow Highland to finish the first half in a draw with the Maroons. Sean Gouveia got the first-half goal for Belleville West. But Kodi Kuhlmann scored a second-half marker to lift the Maroons to the win.

In addition, Jones stopped eight Maroon shots on goal while Brandon Gregory had seven saves between the pipes for Belleville West.

In Tuesday’s 3-0 loss at Jerseyville, Jake Ridenhour scored the game-winning first goal for the Panthers while Jacob Witt and Alex Goldacker also had one goal each.

Also for Jerseyville, Witt and Drake Kanallakan each had one assist and keeper Zac Rindenhour turned away all five Bulldog shots on goal.

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