St. Clair is taking some momentum into the Class 2 District 9 Soccer Tournament.
The Bulldogs (8-14) ended the regular season with wins Tuesday at home over De Soto 1-0 and Wednesday at Valley Park, 2-1.
St. Clair hosts the district tournament, which begins Saturday with the fourth-seeded Bulldogs playing fifth-seeded Sullivan at 10 a.m. The winner meets top-seeded Borgia Monday at 5 p.m.
“We’re going into districts on a positive note,” said St. Clair Head Coach Randy Roy. “The Sullivan game will be a tough, hard fought game. Both teams are going to be hungry and want to win. It should be fun to watch.”
St. Clair’s win over Valley Park was decided in overtime on penalty kicks.
Trailing 1-0 in the second half, St. Clair was awarded a penalty kick with no time left on the clock when Reno Jones was tripped in the box.
Tanner Wideman made the penalty kick, which sent the game into overtime.
After a scoreless overtime, the game was decided by penalty kicks.
“It was a good game. Both teams played hard and fair,” Roy said. “We kept fighting and trying to equalize and eventually got a penalty kick in the last few seconds of the game.”
In overtime, St. Clair’s penalty kick goals were scored by Wideman, Camilo Canal and Austin Wells.
Tristan VanSickel made two big saves during the shootout to help preserve the win.
“The penalty kicks were really fun to watch. Tristan was awesome,” Roy said. “The Valley Park shooters made really good shots, but Tristan came up huge.”
Braydon Roberts scored seven minutes into the game in a senior night victory for the Bulldogs over De Soto.
VanSickel registered the shutout in goal.
“De Soto played well. Our defense was up to the challenge and snuffed out their possible chances,” Roy said. “Defense has always been a strong point for us and we are starting to look stronger back there. That’s a good sign because at this point in the season, games are always tighter and tougher.”
St. Clair’s seniors are Zach Zollinger, Zach Chaudoir, Miguel Aguirre, Spencer Crumbaugh, Jones, Wells, Canal, Wideman and VanSickel.
“The seniors have done a great job this year and will be missed,” Roy said.