After losing four of its last five, the Eureka girls soccer team blanked Parkway West 2-0 in a Class 4 District 4 semifinal Monday at Marquette High.
“It felt good to finally start knocking the ball around and playing with energy,” Wildcats coach Gary Schneider said. “We were able to get prepped and play good team defense. We put a lot of focus on No. 11 (Bella Hatzigeorgiou) and make sure she didn't find success. We got it done.”
Eureka (9-7-3) scored both goals in the first half.
First, a free kick by senior defender Sarah Clubb was knocked around and resulted in an own goal. Freshman forward Hannah Smith scored the insurance goal later in the opening half.
“They really pressured us in the second half,” Schneider said. “We had some trouble finding success.”
The win over West (17-2, No. 2 in the STLhighschoolsports.com large-schools rankings) sets up a rematch with Marquette, a team Eureka beat 1-0 April 17.
“At this point, it doesn't matter how you win, as long as you do,” Schneider said. “We didn't score in the first game against them. It was an own goal. Hopefully, we can come out with energy because we know coach (Chris) Kenny will have them prepared.”
Marquette 2, Lafayette 1 • Host Marquette pulled off the upset, knocking off No. 1 seed Lafayette.
The Mustangs (9-9) will play Eureka for the district title.
Marquette got a goal in each half as senior forward Allison Sher scored in the first and junior defender Keri Wood added the game-winner in the second half.
Senior Tabby Cacheris made 10 saves to earn the win in goal.
McCluer North 2, Hazelwood Central 1 (OT) • Stars junior forward Skyla Koch had a big day in the team's Class 4 District 5 semifinal.
Not only did she assist on the overtime goal by junior midfielder Kira McGrellis, she also hit a major milestone with her second-half goal.
“She scored No. 100,” North coach Nathan Kern of the goal. “Sky is a special player, but she can't do it without the support of her teammates.”
North (17-5) will face Hazelwood West, one of the teams it shared the Suburban Green pool title with this season, for the district title at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday at Ritenour.
Hazelwood West 6, Ritenour 1 • Junior midfielder Megan Larson tallied three goals while junior midfielder Grace Winters scored the game-winner as West (7-9-1) moved on.
Pattonville 3, Zumwalt North 2 • Sophomore back Desire' Adams scored in double overtime to put the host Pirates through to the Class 4 District 6 championship game.
Pattonville (16-6-3, No. 7 LS) got a pair of goals in regulation from sophomore forward Jordyn Lodes.
Junior Talia Sinclair made 14 saves in the victory.
Howell Central 3, Howell North 0 • In the other game at Patonville, Howell Central seized control and never looked back.
Junior midfielder Jay Viola scored a pair of goals as Howell Central upset Howell North to make it to the program's seventh straight district title game.
Howell Central (11-8-1) will play Pattonville for the title at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Visitation 2, John Burroughs 0 • Senior forward Jaimie Tottleben and sophomore midfielder Olivia Helfrey scored first half goals as the Vivettes (14-4, No. 6 SS) won a Class 2 District 6 semifinal at home.
Junior keeper Rose Fontana made six saves to earn the victory.
Orchard Farm 2, Villa Duchesne 1 • Sophomore Madelynn Murphy's second-half goal propelled the Eagles (17-5-1, No. 10 SS) to victory in the other Class 2 District 6 semifinal.
The Eagles other goal came from junior forward Lily Dahl.
Sophomore Jadyn Tricamo made seven saves in the win.
Visitation and Orchard Farm will play for the district title at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Duchesne 5, Whitfield 0 • Freshman midfielder Gabrielle Sclapper scored twice as Duchesne (9-8) advanced to the Class 1 District 4 title game.
Duchesne (9-8) also got goals from sophomore midfielder Sophia Goeke, freshman forward Lena Mattingly and freshman midfielder Haley Stockhausen.
Sophomore Belle Boschert made nine saves to put the Pioneers into the district title game at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday.