Soccer girls earn top regional seed

By JASON BROWN

Mahomet Citizen sportswriter

The Mahomet-Seymour girls’ soccer team finished the week with a 2-1 record and also earned a top seed in the Class 2A IHSA Regional, which will start next week in Mattoon.

The Bulldogs (14-3-1) posted wins over Champaign Central (6-1) and Normal University (4-3) and suffered a 3-1 loss to Normal West.

 

Normal West 3,

Mahomet-Seymour 1

Against Normal West on Monday, the Bulldogs lost only their third game of the season, falling to an opponent with a 15-3-1 record.

“This group has really come together as a team,” said coach Joey Gruner. “We have faced some challenges and are continuing to work to overcome them. Yes, tonight’s loss was disappointing, but there is still a lot of soccer to be played. This group is in the midst of what can be a special season.”

M-S took the lead in the first half on a corner kick from Mikaela Antonacci to Meredith Johnson-Monfort, which Johnson-Monfort shot into the upper left corner of the goal. 

Normal West responded with three second-half goals for the win.

Sarah Hohenstein made 12 saves in goal. Bre Snyder made two defensive saves.

“We are a little banged up after this game, so there will be some more challenges to overcome,” Gruner said. “Our comeback win last week over Normal U-High was a great example of how this group is capable of dealing with adversity. We still have some big goals in front of us, and we are still pressing forward.”

The junior varsity Bulldogs have a 14-2 record following a 3-2 loss to the JV Wildcats.

 

Mahomet-Seymour 4, Normal U-High 3

Last Tuesday, the Bulldogs rallied to defeat Normal University High.

M-S struck first 25 minutes into the game when Antonacci found Johnson-Monfort for the goal.

U-High struck back on a corner kick from Alex Eisenreich. She found Cassie Trosino, who was easily able to slide it into the goal.

In the second half, U-High scored twice in the first six minutes. Down 3-1, Johnson-Monfort found Antonacci, and Antonacci was able place the ball just inside the far post. Three minutes later, Antonacci found Johnson-Monfort to even the score at 3-3.

Both teams’ defensive lines were tested, but the Bulldogs broke through with 49 seconds remaining.

“Maddy Wade played a beautiful ball down the middle to a sprinting Johnson-Monfort, who was able to slide it on the ground right past the U-High keeper,” Gruner said.

Hohenstein registered 11 saves to preserve the victory.

The  JV Bulldogs defeated the JV Pioneers 3-0.

 

Mahomet-Seymour 6, Champaign Central 1

Saturday in Champaign, the Bulldogs varsity team scored four first-half goals against the Maroons for a lead they increased in the second half.

Erin Lenschow scored the first two goals off assists from Wade and Johnson-Monfort. Team scoring leader Johnson-Monfort notched two unassisted goals. 

In the second half, Central’s goal occurred when M-S recorded an own goal on a Central corner kick. The Bulldogs answered with goals from Alexa Warren (assist by Mia Epley) and Sydney Shafer (assist by Jaclyn Middendorf).

Hohenstein and Natalie Cebulski combined for three saves, while the off-

ense had 14 shots on goal.

The junior varsity Bulldogs beat the JV Maroons 6-0.

The varsity squad is scheduled to host Pekin on Thursday before starting postseason play next week.

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