High School Sports

Terrific Tuesday for Class 1A soccer teams

Althoff’s soccer team fell behind early Tuesday but finished strong in the semifinals of the Class 1A Greenville Regional.

The second-seeded Crusaders trailed 1-0 early in the first half against the host Comets, seeded seventh. A penalty shot by senior Stephen Waltrip, after junior Jimmy Monken was taken down in the box, tied the game at 1 less than 10 minutes later. Waltrip’s goal was his team-high 10th of the season.

Junior Dillon Birdsong scored the go-ahead goal that made it 2-1 in the first minute of the second half, and junior Christian Garcia capped the Crusaders’ scoring with a pair of goals that settled the issue.

Althoff (8-11-2) will face third-seeded Wood River, which defeated Metro-East Lutheran 2-1 in the other semifinal Tuesday, in the championship game at 4 p.m. Friday. The winner will advance to the Gibault Sectional next Tuesday.

“It’s never a good feeling to be down in a postseason game,” Althoff coach Skip Birdsong said of his team’s early deficit. “We were a little flat to start the game. Not taking anything away from what (Greenville) did, but I had to think it was like, ‘OK, we’ve got to pick this up a little bit.’ Thankfully, we were able to settle down and put a couple in the back of the net.”

Sophomores Riley Sullivan and Stone Galloway played goalie for Althoff. Sullivan was replaced by Galloway after being involved in a collision with a Greenville player in the first half.

Garcia’s goals were his first two of the season.

“Christian’s a good player,” Birdsong said. “He’s had some injury stuff this year and some other things going on, so he’s not always on the field. But he’s a good player and he showed it tonight. It was a good feeling to get out of here with a win.”

Carlyle Regional

Top-seeded Mater Dei had no difficulty in its semifinal of the Class 1A Carlyle Regional, blanking Centralia Christ Our Rock Lutheran 8-0. The game was stopped about midway through the second half.

The Knights (12-6-2) will play in the title game at 11 a.m. Saturday against the winner of the semifinal at 4 p.m. Wednesday between fourth-seeded Wesclin and seventh-seeded Carlyle. Mater Dei defeated Wesclin 8-0 in the regular season. It did not play Carlyle.

Mater Dei led 5-0 at halftime.

“You don’t necessarily see good soccer from either team (in a blowout), but you get the job done and move on,” Knights coach James Arnold said.

Junior Drew Toennies had two goals and three assists and junior Jon Dailey had a hat trick. Junior Nathan Perkes, sophomore Max Harad and senior Andrew Lewis each had a goal.

Massac County Regional

Second-seeded Central fell behind 1-0 against the host Patriots, seeded sixth, in the Class 1A Massac County Regional. But the Cougars scored three unanswered goals in a 3-1 win.

Central (13-5-1) will play No. 3 Mount Carmel or No. 5 Murphysboro in the title game at 3 p.m. Saturday. Mount Carmel and Murphysboro meet in the other semifinal at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

David Wilhelm: 618-239-2665, @DavidMWilhelm