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Columbia girls cap dominating season with first state soccer championship

Watch as City League rivals score outrageous goals in North Cup championship

The Wichita East High School girls soccer team beat Wichita North 2-1 in the 2019 North Cup championship game.
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The Wichita East High School girls soccer team beat Wichita North 2-1 in the 2019 North Cup championship game.

The last time the Columbia girls soccer team lost a game was April 18 at Nerinx Hall.

Since then, the Eagles have won 14 games in a row, their stout defense allowing just five goals along the way while their forwards found the back of the net 77 times.

The streak — not to mention the Eagles’ season — reached its crescendo Saturday at North Central College in Naperville Saturday. Columbia defeated North Shore Country Day High School of Winnetka, 4-0 for the Illinois Class 1A State Championship.

The elusive title came in the Eagles’ third attempt, but first since placing third in 2008. They were runners-up in 2006. For the Raiders, it was their second consecutive season finishing as the 1A runners-up.

Columbia scored twice in each half.

Fae Harrell opened the scoring with a header off a pass from Kennedy Jones.

Jones put the Eagles up 2-0 with an assist from Reagan Mauch.

In the second half, junior Haley Glover scored her team-best 26th goal of the season off another assist by Mauch to widen the lead. Mauch scored with a minute left to cap her career and a season of dominance by Columbia.

The Eagles won as they have all season — by keeping the ball on the North Shore end of the field and putting a barrage of shots on goal. Columbia entered the title game having out-scored its opponents by 115 goals in 29 games. In Friday’s 5-0 semifinal win over Lisle, the Eagles outshot the Lions 35-1.

Goalie Rylee Iorio finished among the region’s leaders with a sparkling .32 goals-against average. The championship victory was her 21st shutout of the season.

Columbia’s season ends with a record of 27-2-1.

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