FENTON — The Incarnate Word Academy soccer team got exactly the battle it expected Tuesday in a 3-2 victory over Eureka in Class 3 sectional action at the Anheuser-Busch Center.
"Honestly, with the heat and all, this is pretty much the game I expected,'' Incarnate Word coach Annie Beekman said. "We knew Eureka was a great team and, even when we went up 2-0, I kept telling the girls there was no way they were going to quit.
"We had to work for everything we got tonight.''
Incarnate Word, a two-time defending state champion, advances to play Cor Jesu Academy (18-4-1) in the 5 p.m. quarterfinal Saturday at A-B Center.
Cor Jesu defeated Hazelwood West 4-0 in the late game Tuesday.
The Red Knights, 14-4-1 and ranked third among Post-Dispatch large schools, grabbed the lead midway through the opening half when senior captain Kelley Gravlin crashed the net to head in a corner kick from sophomore Lauren Pratt.
The IWA lead went to 2-0 just after halftime. Freshman Adalie Schmidt won the race to a pass from defender Allie Hayes and managed to push the ball toward the goal for junior Natalie Kuhlenberg, who finished it off.
Sixth-ranked Eureka (19-4) got a goal back on a Kourtney Price penalty kick, but the Red Knights regained the two-goal cushion when freshman Meghan Whitehead converted a pass from Julia Kohnen with 17 minutes to play.
Eureka's Hannah Leinert scored with 13½ minutes left for the 3-2 final.
"The girls really played hard and they kept pushing until the end,'' said Eureka coach Bill Goggin, who was less than pleased with some of Tuesday's calls. "Incarnate's a great team.''
Cor Jesu 4, Hazelwood West 0 — The Chargers' Liz Sinclair popped in a rebound about 4½ minutes into the match, setting the tone as No. 8 Cor Jesu knocked off second-ranked Hazelwood West (25-2).
"One of the things we talk about constantly is first five and last five, starting and finishing strong,'' Chargers coach Melissa Bruno said. "Getting that early one makes all the difference because it allows everyone on the field to relax and just play their game.''
Freshman Jenny Antonacci scored twice and Madeline Galen had the other Chargers' goal. Sam Bersett posted the shutout.