Lady Bulldogs Edge Warrenton

St. Clair’s Tori Martin uses her head to knock the ball away from Warrenton’s Courtney Gregory, left, and Morgan Cupp during soccer action at St. Clair High School. The Lady Bulldogs defeated Warrenton, 1-0.

Playing in the rain for most of its home contest on the turf, St. Clair made a first-half goal hold up and registered a 1-0 girls soccer victory Tuesday over Warrenton.

It’s the second time St. Clair has beaten Warrenton by a 1-0 score this season after also doing it at the Warrenton Tournament.

The Lady Bulldogs (5-3) won for the third straight time.

“The girls stood up to the challenge,” said St. Clair Head Coach Ted Koenigsfeld. “I was anxious to see how we would respond after beating them 1-0 at their tournament. It was a good performance.”

Heather Pendegraft scored the Lady Bulldogs’ goal on an assist from Anna Merseal.

“Tori Martin really made the play happen,” Koenigsfeld said. “Anna got the ball to Heather, who put it in for a goal.”

Sam Deason registered the shutout in goal.

“Sam has been doing an excellent job in goal. We feel really comfortable with her back there,” Koenigsfeld said. “Our defenders are starting to work well together. They settled down after the first week of the season. They’re doing a good job communicating with each other. Because we’ve played so many games early in the season, we’ve had to make adjustments on the fly, instead of during practice. Our girls have done a good job doing that.”

It’s been a group effort to solidify St. Clair’s defensive performance.

“We’re platooning our defenders in and out. There are five or six defenders who are doing a good job of working together and supporting one another on the defensive half of the field,” Koenigsfeld said. “Those girls are Tiffany Shadrick, Michaela Heembrock, Courtney Welch, Amanda Herman and Brittany Rogers.”

Other players also have been keys to the early part of St. Clair’s season.

“Tori Martin is playing good soccer. She’s been making things happen. Watching her game grow from a freshman to now as a junior has been fun. She’s gotten better every year,” Koenigsfeld said. “Morgan Spanos is our sweeper and has done a great job. Tori, Heather and Anna make a good core for us. They work well together. We also have some talented players behind them.”

St. Clair, 0-2 in the Four Rivers Conference, returns to action with road contests Monday at Sullivan and Tuesday at Belle starting at 5 p.m.