Weather no match for Bulldogs: Girls' soccer goes 1-2 in Urbana tourney, defeats Lincoln

Bulldogs rebound to beat Lincoln after going 1-2 in tourney

Despite rain, wind and snow, the Mahomet-Seymour girls' soccer team has played most of its matches to start the season, but conditions have been anything but pleasant.

"This is my 15th year involved in some capacity with spring high school soccer and I don't recall ever dealing with this amount of poor field conditions and cold temperatures," M-S coach Joey Gruner said. "Every year the weather is a factor, but it just seems like for shorter amounts of time."

The Bulldogs went 1-2 in the Urbana High School Tournament on Saturday but bounced back Tuesday with a win against longtime conference foe Lincoln.

Against the Railsplitters, M-S jumped out early with three goals in the first half and added four more goals in the second half for a dominant 7-0 win.

Nyah Biegler scored the game-winning goal two minutes into the game off an assist from Meredith Johnson-Monfort.

Biegler later added another goal and one assist, and Johnson-Monfort also scored a goal.

Haley Lester, Maddy Wade and Mackenzie Moore each added one goal, and Erin Lenschow and Michaela Schoolcraft each added one assist.

"We've done really well to start the season so far," Lenschow said. "In the tournament we struggled a little bit, a few ups and down, but overall we've done pretty good."

Sarah Hohenstein had a save and earned her seventh shutout in goal for the Bulldogs.

M-S peppered the net for 30 shots on goal, while the defense held Lincoln to one shot on goal.

The junior varsity Bulldogs (8-0-1) tied the junior varsity Railers, 1-1.

In the Urbana High School Tournament on Saturday, the varsity Bulldogs defeated Marshfield but lost to Springfield Sacred Heart Griffin and Stevens Point.

"I don't feel we played with as much intensity and focus this weekend as we are able," Gruner said. "I, as coach, I take responsibility for that. Yes, it was cold, but all players on all teams were dealing with the same conditions."

To start the tournament, M-S dropped a close match to Springfield Sacred Heart Griffin.

M-S struck first on a corner kick when Lenschow sent a ball from Haley Lester directly into the back of the goal. SHG tied the match before half.

In the second half, the Bulldogs were held scoreless, but SHG scored once for the final score.

Hohenstein had five saves.

"It wasn't that we played poorly, necessarily, but we certainly didn't play as well as I think we can," Gruner said. "The goals that were scored against us were due to things that we can correct, once we are able to get in some more extensive training time. We also need to be able to become more creative offensively, and attack with more combinations, if we want to be successful against the best defensive teams."

In the second match of the tournament, M-S shut out Marshfield 5-0.

Johnson-Monfort scored the game-winning goal two minutes into the match on an assist from Haley Lester, and she scored a second goal before the half ended.

Lester scored a goal and dished out another assist.

Lenschow and Biegler each had one goal and Mackenzie Moore and Michaela Schoolcraft each had one assist.

Hohenstein made a save to earn the shutout for Mahomet-Seymour.

"I've never coached a game with as low of temperatures and wind chills as we had this past weekend," Gruner said.

In the third match of the tournament, M-S gave up two second-half goals and lost 2-1 to Stevens Point

M-S struck first when a Johnson-Monfort shot caromed off the keeper, and Lily Isaac touched it in.

In the second half, Stevens Point leveled the match on a corner kick and then scored the winning goal with four minutes remaining.

Hohenstein had seven saves.

"The two losses in the tournament were against good teams, but they were both winnable games," Gruner said. "I believe if we increase our effort and focus in training, we can be more successful in similar level games as the season progresses. We are still a ways away from rising to the level of play of the team we had last season, but I am confident we are headed in that direction."

This week's action sets the Bulldogs' record at 8-2 overall, and 2-0 in the Apollo Conference.

The Bulldogs finish the regular season with seven more Apollo matches with a few nonconference games sprinkled in.

M-S is scheduled to host Urbana on Saturday before traveling to Taylorville on Tuesday and Mount Zion on Thursday.

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