Sommer Schneider scored twice in the rain Monday as the St. Clair Lady Bulldogs won their Class 2 District 8 girls soccer opener Monday over host Owensville, 3-0.

“I actually thought we played really well,” St. Clair Head Coach Tim Isgrig said. “I thought we came out with a lot of urgency and intensity. We hit two crossbars and two posts in the first half, so we had some bad luck. I thought the focus after sitting through the first rain delay (during the semifinal) was really good. I was really happy with our effort. It was a shutout. I don’t think our goalie even touched the ball. We’re happy to move on and get ready for the district championship.”

The Lady Bulldogs (14-7-1) will face top-seeded Borgia (6-16) Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Owensville for the championship. The winner will host a sectional game Saturday.

“We know they’re a physical and talented team,” Isgrig said. “They play a really good schedule. They’re the three-time district champs and we’re going to give it our best shot Wednesday night.”

Isgrig said it was important to play that semifinal game Monday.

“We didn’t want to come back tomorrow to play,” Isgrig said. “We will be ready to go and we’re looking forward to it. We lost to them 1-0 earlier in the year and we’re looking forward to the rematch.”

St. Clair took care of its first-round game in just over a half. The game started late due to a lengthy storm delay during the Borgia-Sullivan game (a 6-1 Borgia victory).

The Lady Bulldogs immediately went on the attack and scored its first goal in the ninth minute as Chloe Merseal ripped a high shot over Owensville’s goalkeeper and under the crossbar. Leah Hill assisted on the goal.

The goal was Merseal’s 26th of the season and broke the school record for goals in a season she had shared with her older sister, Anna.

“We were focused and playing hard, but when she scored, it allowed us to relax and it removed some nerves,” Isgrig said. “It was a neat goal because it broke her older sister’s record for goals in a season. We were happy to see her get that one.”

The Lady Bulldogs stayed on the attack and in the 12th minute, St. Clair doubled the lead on Schneider’s first goal.

“Chloe played a good ball into Sommer and she was able to score that one and another,” Isgrig said. “Sommer has really come along in the last two weeks or so in practices and games. She’s playing better now than she has all year. We think that’s going to help us out moving forward.

St. Clair had many chances to extend the lead and hit the crossbar multiple times. However, Schneider made it 3-0 in the 32nd minute as play stayed in the Owensville end. Hill assisted.

Kenzie Schmidtke recorded the shutout in goal for the Lady Bulldogs.

There was a steady rain for most of the first half, but the precipitation stopped prior to the half.

That didn’t last long. Lightning in the distance started to move closer and the rain returned early in the second half. With play on the south end and a better view of the skies, the officials spotted lightning just 1:53 into the second half. As the game was being prepared for a storm delay, the officials conferred with the coaches and it was decided to call it at that point rather than try to wait out more lines of storms.

Kenzie Schmidtke recorded the shutout in goal for the Lady Bulldogs.