Bloomington vs. Mahomet-Seymour, University High vs. Central Catholic, Normal Community vs. Decatur Eisenhower
Bloomington 2, Mahomet-Seymour 0
Freshman Beth Walther scored two first-half goals and senior goalkeeper Nicki Bare made them stand up as Bloomington nipped Mahomet-Seymour, 2-0, in a nonconference soccer match Thursday at Mahomet.
Walther netted her first goal in the 20th minute, off an assist by Emily White to give Bloomington (4-10) a 1-0 lead. Walther added her second goal six minutes later on an assist from Kari Jackson for a 2-0 edge. That was all the Raiders would need as Bare recorded six saves at net.
“We knew coming in that Mahomet-Seymour had a very good, competitive program,’’ said BHS coach Tony Bauman. “And we have been competitive despite not getting the desired results. This win was a good boost of confidence for the girls.”
Bloomington held a 14-8 shots on goal advantage over Mahomet-Seymour (6-3-3).
U High 3, Central Catholic 2
University High handed Central Catholic its first loss of the season at Bloomington.
The Pioneers improved to 4-6-2 while the Saints fell to 10-1.
Central’s Haleigh Stopa opened the scoring off an assist from Katlin McCormick.
It was 1-1 at halftime. U High went up 2-1 on a penalty kick before Stacey Miller scored for the Saints off an assist by Brittany Brady.
U High went ahead for good with eight minutes left following an injury to Saint goalie Kaylie Henson.
“We got out of synch in our defensive posture,” said Saint coach George Tullier. “We had some opportunities.
“It gave us a chance to play against a team that has a lot of experience. They’ve been playing at a different level for quite a while. We showed we can stay with them. The ball could have bounced a different way tonight, but it didn’t. It was a learning situation for us.”
Central Catholic took 12 shots on goal.
The names of U High’s scorers were unavailable.
NCHS 4, Eisenhower 1
Francie Brown had one goal and one assist while teammate Nora Wessels had two assists to spark Normal Community to victory at Decatur Eisenhower.
Also scoring for NCHS were Liz O’Connell, Michelle Bender and Sarah Tretter. Other Ironmen with assists were Krystal Gundy and Britney Foland.
Eisenhower, which trailed 1-0 at halftime, saw Sara Rosenbery score with 13 minutes left.
NCHS, which outshot its host 20-1, improved to 10-3-4 overall and 6-0-1 in the Big 12 Conference.
“It was a solid overall game,” said NCHS coach Matt Chapman. “Our passing and our attacking improved throughout the game. We were able to try a few things and put peo-ple in different places. We were able to get some good things out of a lot of different people.”