MACON -- Speed kills and there was nothing deadlier than St. Teresa's offense Tuesday in their Class 1A Macon Meridian Regional semifinal match with Mount Pulaski.

The Bulldogs got off to a fast start and never looked back behind Edgar Onate's three goals and two more from Luichi Caceres as St. Teresa won 10-0. 

Five other Bulldogs scored goals, which pleased coach Davis Wegmann. 

"Individual scoring will help us now, but in the next round, that's when we have to have the team play, combination play, moving as a unit because that's how you beat those championship teams," Wegmann said. "It has to be a team effort," 

Unselfish play will also set up additional goals for offensive leaders like Onate. 

"I told Edgar he has individual brilliance, and I know he can get the other people involved. Teams know they have to watch Edgar, if he gets other people involved, that opens things up for him," Wegmann said. "If he gets the ball away from him and then gets it back, it gives him the couple of seconds that he needs." 

Other Bulldogs scoring goals included John Moody, Javeon Boatman, Colton Moore, Kolapo Oladipupo and Brycen Bridges. 

Mount Pulaski goal keeper Garrett Fitzpatrick had seven saves. 

St. Teresa (17-2-3) bounced back from a 3-2 loss to Bloomington Central Catholic on Saturday. 

"It was our last game of the regular season and I think everyone was thinking ahead. But nothing is done until the whistle is blown," Wegmann said. "You've got to finish everything out. I think (the loss) might have been the best thing to happen to us. It reminds us we aren't invincible and in every game you have to show up."

A repeat meeting with Central Catholic is possible in the sectionals and the Bulldogs are looking forward to that possibility. 

"I think we might see them again and it will make us hungrier to beat them at that point," Onate said. "I think this year we are definitely capable of doing a lot more than in the past years. If anything is going to happen, it is going to be this year."

Farmer City Blue Ridge/DeLand-Weldon 3, Meridian/Sangamon Valley 0

MACON -- Farmer City Blue Ridge/DeLand-Weldon's defense clamped down on Meridian's prolific scorer Evan Dawson as the Knights advanced to the Macon Meridian Regional Championship.

No matter where Dawson went on the field, a Blue Ridge defender was there and there were constant chants from the sidelines of "don't lose him," as the Knights were reminded to always watch where Dawson went. 

"My philosophy is if you can stop the ball, surely you can put one in. We stacked our defense and it kept us in the game and kept the shutout," Blue Ridge coach Marty Price said. 

Victor Reynolds scored his first goal for the Knights at 27:01 in the first half and added a second goal less than a minute into the second half. 

"Victor is a natural lefty and we put him out on that left side. He's been battling injuries all year and he was able to kick two in tonight," Price said. 

Blue Ridge kicked in their final goal with a 1:08 left in the game as Austin Hobbs scored to make it 3-0. 

The Knights face the No. 1-seeded St. Teresa team on Saturday at 10 a.m. for the regional championship and the two teams have a recent history after playing Sept. 26 to a 5-1 win for the Bulldogs. 

"They are a very good team, and we can't take them lightly. We will step up the defense and play hard and give them a run," Price said. 

Meridian coach Matthew Rund was proud of his team's effort in the semifinal. 

"They came out ready to win and we had never faced Blue Ridge before. Our team didn't falter and they stayed with it all game. I wish we could keep going, and I'm excited for next year," he said.  

Contact Matthew Flaten at (217) 421-6968. Follow him on Twitter: @MattFlaten



Reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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