Marquette Catholic extended its girls soccer season Tuesday, but Alton wasn’t as fortunate.
The Explorers defeated Waterloo Gibault, 2-0, in a semifinal match of the Columbia Class 1A Sectional. Yet the Redbirds fell to Granite City, 3-0, in a semifinal match of the Warriors’ 3A Regional.
Edwardsville and Granite City will clash at 6 p.m. Friday for the regional championship. The winner advanced to a sectional semifinal next Tuesday at Moore Park in Alton.
Alton, concluding at 9-9-2, lost twice to 8-6-4 Granite City this season. Edwardsville is 20-1, losing only to Collinsville.
Caroline Hoefert scored both goals in Marquette’s win. Her 20th one of the season came 48 seconds into the second half and her 21st was at 74:17. The Explorers, improving to 17-5-1, outshot Gibault 10-0 and had a 7-0 advantage in corner kicks.
“Our defense did a great job and we came out hard in the second half,” Hoefert said.
It’ll be Marquette tangling with host Columbia at 6 p.m. Friday in the sectional final. The Eagles ousted Breese Mater Dei, 2-0 in the first sectional semifinal.
Jacksonville 2A Regional – Chatham Glenwood closed out Jerseyville’s season with a 9-0 victory.
Alton 8, Marquette 1 – The Redbirds defeated rival Marquette for the city championship . Both teams are competing this weekend in the Edwardsville Sectional. Action starts at 1 p.m. Friday.
Alton went 5-1 in singles matches and 3-0 in doubles bouts at Lewis and Clark Community College to improve to 12-7.
Adam Ruckman, Jeff Northway, Alex Raymond, Max Sutton and Gaven Earle won singles matches for the Redbirds. Peter Wendle scored a win for the Explorers.
Allan Bower and Jared Boren, Christian Freeman and Jeremy Sands, along with C.J. Baker and Brendan Lendhardt, scored doubles victories for the Redbirds. The winners went with an all-senior lineup and recognized 13 seniors in all.
“Senior Night is so bittersweet,” AHS coach Jesse Macias said. “We had a fun lineup and it was nice getting 12 seniors on the court. But it was emotional for everyone because it will be the last match for a lot of these players.”
Roxana 11, Vandalia 0 – The Shells made it a three-way tie for the South Central Conference championship by walloping Vandalia in five innings.
Roxana, Southwestern and Litchfield all finished 7-2 in the SCC.
A seven-run first ignited the 14-15 Shells. Winning pitched Levi Wallace did it all in hurling four shutout innings, supplying two hits and a pair of RBIs. Blake Vandiver contributed three hits and two RBIs.
Jacob Wood pitched in two hits and Randy Skiff had two RBIs.
O’Fallon 9, Alton 6 – The visiting Panthers wrapped up their Southwestern Conference title by outslugging the Redbirds. O’Fallon, 29-2 overall, closed 13-1 in the conference. Alton is 19-14 and 4-9.
A five-run first inning propelled the Panthers. Still, they needed three runs in the seventh to snap a 6-6 tie.
Drake Hampton had two hits and drove in a run, while Nick Paulda batted in three runs for the Redbirds.
Cougars honored – Three members of SIUE’s baseball team were honored as part of the all-Ohio Valley Conference announced Tuesday night, on the eve of the league’s championship in Jackson, Tenn.
Junior pitcher Ryan Daniels (first team), senior outfielder Devin Caldwell (second team), and freshman designated hitter Keaton Wright (All-Freshman team) were honored for their 2014 seasons. All three players are first-time honorees.
Caldwell is a Civic Memorial High graduate and Wright is a Triad High product.
Caldwell has started every game for the Cougars in right field. He finished the regular season third on the team with a .317 batting average.
His 10 home runs are tied for fifth-most in the OVC and his 17 doubles are tied for sixth-most. He has 33 RBIs and is ninth in the OVC with a .563 slugging percentage. Caldwell became the school’s all-time home run leader earlier this season and has 33 career long balls.
He currently is tied for second in SIUE history with 57 doubles, three doubles away from breaking that record.