BELLEVILLE • For the past decade, the Althoff-Belleville East girls soccer rivalry has been lopsided, with Althoff holding the upper hand.
But Friday night, playing at home, East finally got a chance to dominate their crosstown rivals.
The start of the second half was delayed for an hour and 15 minutes by a thunderstorm and lightning.
Kayla Delgado and Emily Costantini scored two goals apiece and Marissa Delgado, Kayla's sister, had five assists as East cruised to a 7-0 victory. It was the Lancers' first win against Althoff in 11 years.
"I've been practicing corner kicks for a long time, and I guess it's really paid off," said Marissa Delgado. "Kayla and I have been playing together ever since we started playing."
East (4-0) has outscored opponents 19-4 thus far.
"We've kind of had (beating Althoff) in the back of our minds the last two years," East coach Alex McDonald said. "I've happy for the girls and happy for Belleville East to finally cap it off."
The loss dropped Althoff, a perennial Class 2A power, to 1-3.
"We mustered absolutely zero offense," Crusaders coach Juergen Huettner said. "We gave up seven goals and four of them were on dead balls. We did a pretty good job of containing them in the first half, but in the second half, the wheels just came off."
East popped out in front 2-0 in the first half. Lexie Baysinger scored off a pass from Marissa Delgado at the 3 minute 50 second mark, and Kayla Delgado scored off a corner kick by her sister near the midway make of the half.
East set the tone for the second half almost as soon as play started. The Lancers needed barely a minute to go up 3-0 on a goal by Costantine from deep in the box.
Kayla Delgado's second goal of the goal and her 10th of the season was also set up by her sister and made the score 4-0 at 46:15.
"I'll have to look it up, but the five assists by Marissa might be a school record," McDonald said. "She does a great job on the free kicks and corner kicks and can place them anywhere."
At that point, the rout was on. Goals by Costantini and Sydney Tedesco put East ahead 6-0. Jenna Staub scored the final goal with 3:02 to play.
Lancers goalie Abby Burgdorf earned the shutout, her second of the season.
"(McDonald) took out his big guns with 15 or 30 minutes left or it could have been worse," Huettner said. "We've had some pretty good teams at Althoff for quite a few years, and we punished people a little bit. Now it's payback time."