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Balanced scoring effort leads Maplewood past Metro for first district title

Balanced scoring effort leads Maplewood past Metro for first district title

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MAPLEWOOD  Maplewood-Richmond Heights sophomore midfielder Lacey Thomas said she and her teammates felt inspired Tuesday.

Bolstered by memories of the boys team taking second in the Class 1 state tournament last fall, the girls team made history with a 6-0 home victory against Metro in the  Class 1 District 2 championship game.

“I still can't believe we made it past districts, this is awesome, this is history,” Thomas said. “We lost the football team, but we started getting a lot of positives. The boys make it to state and that pumped the rest of the teams up. We're feeding off that. We just want to make everyone proud.”

Maplewood (14-9-1) advanced to play in a Class 1 quarterfinal May 24 against the winner of the District 1 tournament, which is scheduled to wrap up Friday.

Thomas, senior Lauren Wismann and sophomore Caroline Barron scored two goals each.

The first goal came from Thomas just four minutes in, and Wismann made it 2-0 midway through the first half.

“We had to battle, just like we did all tournament against some good teams,” Jordan said. “Our goalkeeper shut them down and we're really proud of the girls. We can't wait for practice (Wednesday).”

Barron's first goal made it 3-0 just 80 seconds into the second half and the Blue Devils rolled from there. Barron's goals brought her season total to 39, while Thomas is at 12.

Metro coach Joe Chambers put the game bluntly in terms of how he saw it for the Panthers (18-5).

“The better team won today, it's that simple and you have to tip your cap to Maplewood,” Chambers said. “I was proud of the way the girls worked hard and battled all season. It just came to an end for us.”

As far as heading off to the program's first state quarterfinal goes, Thomas said it isn't time to slow down yet.

“We're 80 minutes form going to state,” Thomas said. “It's a special feeling to have won the first title but it really isn't registering. We have a lot of work to do to keep our dream going. We don't want to stop now.”

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