MATTOON --For just the fourth time in the 19 year history of the Mattoon girls' soccer program the Lady Wave won a regional title, but it wasn't easy.
Friday, Mattooon nipped Carbondale 2-1. It is their first title since 2014. MHS also won a Class A regional title in 2003 and a 2A title in 2011.
"Nine of the girls played 80 minutes and the other two played 76," said Matoon coach Ryan Ghere. "They have tired legs. We never game up and we found away."
Mattoon scored the game-winning goal on a penalty kick from senior Kyah Eastin. The penalty occurred when she broke through and the Terriers goal keeper dove and fouled Eastin in the 61st minute.
"We were on our heals for the last 19 minutes," said Ghere. "With 13 minutes to go we moved Peyton Gill up from her forward spot and played with five defenders. They had a shot with three seconds to go and had three that hit the crossbar."
After a scoreless first half Carbondale scored on a free kick from the corner. Mattoon goal keeper Hallie Neimerg, who finished the game with 14 saves, saved it, but it bounced to a player who scored.
Mattoon tied the game in the 57th minute when Faith Niebrugge took on two defenders and broke through from 50 yards out. She dribbled up and scored the tying goal.
"We had some chances," said Ghere. "It was a pretty even game and it was nice to find away to win. I am really proud of them. Half of our wins we have come from behind in. The girls didn't panic and came right back. They showed composure and never game up."
Niebrugge extended her school record for the most goals in a season to 35.
Mattoon, 16-6-2 is to play Troy Triad at Beltalto Civic Memorial at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the sectional semifinals. Triad won its own regional 3-0 over Mascoutah. The 16 wins is another new record for the most wins in a season.
Two from Mattoon and one from Charleston advance to Class 2A state
MONTICELLO -- Charleston senior Dayton Black and Mattoon seniors Peyton Smith and Jed Eaton advanced to the Illinois High School Association Class 2A State Track meet Thursday.
Black not only won the pole vault but set a school record by going 15-4, a career-best. He broke the previous record held by his brother Chase Black.
Eaton is also going in the pole vault as he went 13-6, which was above the qualifying height of 13-0 and good for fifth place.
Smith finished second in the discus with a throw of 151-08.
"I am very proud of these young men for all of the hard work they have put in over the years and look forward to seeing them at the state meet," said Mattoon coach Jarad Kimbro.
The Class 2A preliminaries are May 24th 9 a.m. at Eastern Illinois Universities O'Brien Stadium.
Charleston loses to Terre Haute North
CHARLESTON—Charleston lost to Terre Haute 8-4.
Brayden Doyle had 2 hits for Charleston. Keegan Brady had 2 runs for Charleston. Dayton Simpson, Jonah Becker, and Brayden Doyle all had 1 RBI for Charleston.
Zach Hill was the losing pitcher for Charleston with 2.2 innings pitched, giving up 7 hits, 7 runs, 5 earned runs, and 2 walks. Jonah Becker came in as a relief pitching 2.2 innings, giving up 2 walks, and gained 1 strikeout. Dayton Simpson came in to close out the game for Charleston pitching 1.2 innings, giving up 1 hit, 1 run, 2 walks, and gaining 1 strikeout.
Charleston will go into regionals on Monday.
Mattoon loses to Normal
MATTOON—Mattoon lost to Normal 4-2.
Hayden Birdsong was the losing pitcher for Mattoon, giving up 2 hits, 1 earned run, 2 walks, and gained 5 strikeouts in 4 innings pitched. Meade Johnson came in to relief Hayden putting in 0.2 innings, giving up 2 earned runs, and 3 walks. Gunner Laughunn closed out the game giving up 2 hits, 1 earned run, 2 walks, and gained 4 strikeouts.
Jacob Spitz had 2 hits for Mattoon. Gunner Laughunn and Jacob Spitz both had an RBI for Mattoon.
Blake Sapp scored the only run for Mattoon.
Mattoon will go on into playing their regionals.