Lady Bulldogs soccer concluded pool play Thursday at the Hillsboro Tournament without a win.
After earning a tie in the first round of pool play, St. Clair (6-5-1) lost a 2-1 game to Maplewood (4-1-1) Tuesday and then were shut out, 2-0, by Perryville (6-2-1) Thursday.
Despite finding an equalizer in the second half, Lady Bulldogs soccer couldn’t come away with a win against Maplewood.
The Lady Bulldogs trailed 1-0 at halftime before Chloe Merseal netted an equalizer approximately 10 minutes into the second period.
“We did not play well in the first half,” Head Coach Tim Isgrig said. “We came out flat and did not have much energy. At halftime we made some adjustments and played very well the first 20 minutes of the second half. We had three or four really good opportunities in the first five minutes of the second half. After halftime, Chloe Merseal competed at a high level and created multiple chances for us. She scored off an assist from Sommer Schneider. Chloe made a really good run and was patient before finishing her shot far post.”
Maplewood went back ahead in the 62nd minute with what proved to be the game-winning goal.
Caroline Barron scored both goals for Maplewood.
“Defensively we played a pretty good game,” Isgrig said. “(Barron) was a really good player who had 39 goals last year and we wanted to try to take her away. She scored both goals off of 30-yard shots. I thought Gracie (Sohn) and Erin (York) did a pretty good job on her and Amanda (Baumruk) played a really good game at center back.”
St. Clair goalkeeper Kenzie Schmidtke saved 4-6 in the contest.
The Lady Bulldogs got more shots on the goal, but Maplewood keeper Emma Sabath came up with 10 saves.
Perryville scored both its goals in the first half while blanking the Lady Bulldogs.
“They are a good team with a couple really good players but we need to play better,” Isgrig said. “They scored two goals 20 minutes into the game, basically back to back. In both situations we had chances to clear the ball and didn’t and they resulted in goals for them. (In) the second half we played much better both offensively and defensively. We had some good opportunities in the second half but couldn’t get on the board. Leah (Hill) and Chloe played forward together in the second half and created some good chances.”
Schmidtke made eight saves in the contest.
“Kenzie played a good game in goal,” Isgrig said. “She was alert and active and came out a few times to make some good saves. Haley Buscher played well in the middle of the field. She was matched up with their best player and battled with her all night. She was a bright spot for us.”
The Lady Bulldogs next play Saturday in the tournament’s fifth-place game against an opponent yet to be determined.