ST. CHARLES • On April 27, the Trinity girls soccer team won 3-1 at St. Charles in a non-league game. Wednesday, with the Class 2 District 6 title on the line, the host Pirates turned the tables.
St. Charles freshman Ellen Weaver scored with 6 minutes 41 seconds to play in the second 15-minute overtime period as the Pirates upended the top-seeded Titans 2-1.
It is the first soccer district championship for second-seeded St. Charles (14-10), which advances to play the winner of Friday’s Visitation/Villa Duchesne game in sectionals Tuesday.
Trinity, ranked sixth among STLhighschoolsports.com small schools, finished 16-5.
“The first time, we came out flat and, even though we still felt like we had a lot of possession, Trinity beat us,’’ St. Charles coach Rodney Orrick said. “But we made a few adjustments and the girls brought their ‘A’ game tonight. They played with a a lot of effort, intensity and desire.’’
The Pirates’ key adjustment involved moving sophomore attacker Autumn Olendorff (22 goals, 11 assists) to marking back to match up with Trinity junior Lexi Jackson (27 goals, 10 assists).
And Jackson never was a factor in the match.
“St. Charles played a strong defensive game; they kept a lot of people back and we seemed to run everything right up the middle into their wall of defenders,’’ Trinity coach Vince Drake said.
Added Olendorff: “Scoring goals is great, but doing something for my team that helped us win the school’s first district soccer title is something we’ll never forget.’’
Weaver, who missed the first Trinity game due to a shoulder injury, ended the rematch Wednesday after following up on a shot by teammate Erika Teson.
“All I could think was keep it low and go for the corner,’’ Weaver said of her 10th goal of the season.
Trinity had the best chance in a scoreless first half when St. Charles keeper Taylor Wolf tipped a shot from the Titans’ Abby Whittington off the outside of the goal post.
Teson put the Pirates on top about 12 minutes after halftime, scoring her team-leading 25th goal off a scramble following a throw into the box from teammate Abby Wootten. Trinity tied it with just over 14 minutes to play when Jen Eaton scored on a header following a long free kick into the box from Whittington.
Both teams had high-quality chances in the first 15-minute extra period. Less than a minute after Trinity’s Maria Peters hit the crossbar with an outside shot, the Pirates’ Teson hit the goalpost and teammate Abby Zimpfer knocked the rebound over the goal.