MAHOMET (JG-TC) -- Mattoon soccer got on the board early against Mahomet-Seymour in a key Apollo Conference match on Tuesday. A couple of goals in the first 16 minutes gave the Green Wave a good cushion and Mattoon’s defense was up to the challenge in keeping a potent Bulldogs offense at bay.

Mahomet-Seymour did get on the board in the second half, but the Green Wave added another goal and beat Mahomet-Seymour, who earned the No. 2 seed ahead of Mattoon’s No. 3 seed in the sub-sectional, 3-1 to gain sole possession of first place in the Apollo.

“The kids responded. I challenged them at practice and they responded and stepped up,” Mattoon coach Ryan Ghere said. “We’ve played in some big games in the last three to four years and they stepped up today. It puts us in the driver’s seat in the conference and hopefully sets a tone for the postseason.”

Mattoon improves to 16-2-2 and are 8-0-1 in the Apollo. Mahomet-Seymour is now 7-1-1 in the Apollo.

Mattoon’s first goal came in the 10th minute when Chase Monroe scored on a header. Devin Perry had the assist.

In the 16th minute, after a couple of miscues, Perry headed the ball over the keeper for the goal. Mattoon head the Bulldogs scoreless in the first half.

“We played on our heels the rest of the half, but played good defense and went into halftime up 2-0,” Ghere said.

The Bulldogs scored in the 56th minute on a cross that found a player’s head for the goal.

In the 69th minute, Mattoon had a throw-in right in front of the bench and Daniel Carpenter unleashed a shot from 45 yards out. It chipped the keeper and went into the back corner of the net for a 3-1 lead.

Mattoon’s defense held and Reese Bergstrom made five saves as the Green Wave went on to win.

“We have only allowed one goal in the last five games,” Ghere said. “For (Mahomet) to be on offense for a majority of the first half and for Reese to only have to save five shots, our defense played a smart game. Our defense knows how to manage a game and did a nice job of dropping the ball and working for everything. We didn’t give them much in the box.”

VOLLEYBALL

Mattoon volleyball falls in three sets

LINCOLN -- The Mattoon volleyball team dropped a three-set Apollo Conference match to Lincoln Tuesday 25-20, 10-25, 26-24.

Ashlyn MacDonald had a team-high 10 kills, while Bella Coffey had nine digs. MacDonald and Grace McDowell had four aces each. Summerlyn Smith had 18 assists.

Mattoon, 20-6 overall, is to play host to Mount Zion Thursday in a conference contest.

Junior varsity wins

Mattoon swept Lincoln 25-11, 25-19 as the junior varsity improved to 11-4.

Grace Earp had a team-high four kills, while Kenadie Eaton was tops in digs with four.

Charleston falls to Taylorville

CHARLESTON — Charleston dropped a 25-14, 25-15 match to Taylorville on Tuesday. Stats were not available for the contest. Charleston is 6-14 on the season and 1-7 in the Apollo.

TENNIS

Mattoon shuts out Mahomet-Seymour

MATTOON—The Mattoon girls’ tennis team defeated Mahomet-Seymour 9-0 Tuesday in Apollo Conference action.

Kyah Eastin and Amari Brown each won a singles match and paired up for a doubles win.

Mattoon improves to 4-6 and travels to Charleston on Wednesday.

JV also gets shutout

Mattoon’s junior varsity team defeated Mahomet-Seymour 8-0.

Emily Stortzum and Gwen Warner each won a singles match and teamed up to win a doubles match as did Macy Overton and Chloe Grasl.

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Mike Monahan covers area sports for the JG-TC.

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