The rematch between crosstown rivals wasn’t the low scoring affair it was earlier this season.
In the second meeting this season, Washington Lady Jays soccer (13-9) concluded the regular season with a 4-1 win against St. Francis Borgia Regional (5-15) Thursday at Scanlan Stadium.
Washington earned a 1-0 victory over the Lady Knights in the first meeting at Union for third place in the Union-Washington Tournament.
“Any time the Blue Jays and the Knights play, whether its softball or bowling on the weekend or something, it’s a pretty intense game,” Washington Head Coach Adam Fischer said. “It’s a game we like right before the postseason. We wanted the girls to treat it like a postseason game where if we won it we moved on and if we lost we were done for the year because we wanted to get into that mode before Monday and playing Borgia, it’s always an atmosphere like postseason.”
Borgia Head Coach Mackenzie Haddox agreed the crosstown rivalry had everybody at the top of their game.
“I was excited it was a good game,” she said. “I know it was 4-1, but the energy that was on the field from both teams made it feel like a very good game.”
The two teams successfully defended multiple scoring chances against each other deep into the first half before Washington’s Sarah Becszlko was tripped up in the box and drew a penalty kick in the 37th minute.
Becszlko made good on the shot to put the Lady Jays ahead 1-0.
“Sarah’s a special player,” Fischer said. “She has a lot of speed and does well. She just got around the girl and got into the box. Probably touchy-touchy, but it’s one of those tough things where somebody goes down in the box, the official made the call and Sarah did a good job putting it in the net afterward on the PK.”
Minutes later, the Lady Jays got a second score off a throw-in from Taylor Bauer that rattled around before finding freshman Joie Heien in front of the net for another goal just before the half. Sam Winistoerfer recorded the assist on what ended up being the game-winning goal.
Heien was recently promoted to the varsity before last week’s senior night game against Sullivan.
“That was Joie’s first varsity goal,” Fischer said. “She had seven or eight on the JV this year. She’s one of those kids we were really looking for a chance all year to bring her up because she’s just got a lot of energy and she’s got a motor that goes on and on and on. The last three games, she’s played well for us. She played great against (Ft. Zumwalt) South, one of the better teams in the state, up there Tuesday. That’s the kind of goal she’s going to get. I told them at halftime, it felt like Taylor had 700 throw-ins from down there and we didn’t get anything on it, but that last one we had Sam touch it first and then Emma (Vodnansky) and then somebody else got to it and then Joie got to it. It was just an overall team effort and she did a great job putting it in the net for us.”
The Lady Jays’ momentum carried into the second half as Megan Yenzer’s corner kick in the 41st minute connected with Bauer, who put it in and sent Washington up 3-0 with the three goals separated by about three minutes of game time.
“That was hard,” Haddox said. “It’s hard to take something like that very quick and they did a good job of capitalizing on mistakes that we made. We talked about at halftime (that) the game’s not over and you have a whole other half to play. I thought our girls played hard the entire game. They left their hearts on the field. They didn’t take any minutes off, so I’m very proud of how they played.”
Borgia got on the board in the 50th minute as Borgia got the ball out front on a deflection to Anya Castelli, who shot from the corner of the box around a defender and into the net near the far post.
“That was a good follow-up by Anya,” Haddox said. “That’s what we need. You need people to be ready, especially when something like that happens in the box. She was there, so kudos to her.”
The score remained 3-1 until the 67th minute when Washington’s Rebekah Lewis and Morgan Riegel made a run together deep into Borgia territory and Lewis drew the defender to her and made the pass to Riegel, who stuck it in for the final goal of the night.
Washington goalkeeper Mary Beth Reust earned the win with seven saves.
Borgia goalie Abby Mueller stopped nine of Washington’s 13 shots.
Washington next takes on Rolla Monday at Union in the semifinals of the Class 3 District 9 Tournament at 7 p.m.
Borgia will play Sullivan Monday at Owensville in the Class 2 District 8 Tournament. That game is scheduled to kick off at 5 p.m.