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SOCCER

Mattoon soccer has record-breaking night

MATTOON -- Mattoon won a school-record 15th game of the season Tuesday, a 6-2 victory over Olney in the Class 2A regional semifinals, moving their record to 15-6-2. The 15 wins breaks the previous record of 14, which Mattoon reached the two previous seasons.

Kyah Eastin earned a hat trick including the first one of the game at the 23rd minute on a penalty kick. Olney tied the game three minutes later and the score was even at one at the half. 

Mattoon beat the Lady Tigers 7-1 one week ago in the final regular season game.

In the second half Berkley Howell scored her first goal of the season on an assist by Peyton Gill in the 47th minute. Four minutes later Faith Niebrugge, a freshman, scored on an assist by Caroline Davis. Olney made it 3-2 game with a goal at the 59th minute. 

Two minutes later Eastin gave the Green Wave a 4-2 lead on a penalty kick. Niebrugge added to the lead with an unassisted goal at the 71st minute. With the goal Niebrugge put herself in the record books for the most goals in a season in school history with 34. The previous record was set last year by Jessica Nichols with 33. 

"We came out and played a much better second half," said Ghere. "We had a lot more energy than the first half and our offense played well in the second  half. We made some adjustments to their defense and found away to give ourselves a chance and the girls did a nice job of finishing those chances. We looked like a totally different team in the second half."

Mattoon is to play in the championship at 6 p.m. Friday.

Charleston’s season ends

MATTOON—Carbondale eliminated Charleston in the second semi-final game of the Mattoon Class 2A Regional 5-2 Monday.

Other details from the game were not available at press time.

BASEBALL

Charleston loses

CHARLESTON—The Champaign Central baseball team defeated Charleston 4-2 Monday in non-conference action.

The Trojans scored in the fourth inning to take a 1-0 lead, but Champaign got four runs in the fifth to lead 4-1. Charleston got another run in the sixth inning, but couldn’t get a rally going to make a come-back.

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Zach Finley hit a triple for the Trojans and Kam King doubled. Caleb Hurst took the loss allowing four hits and four runs while striking out four batters in the first four and a third innings.

Charleston hosts Olney for another non-conference game Wednesday.

SOFTBALL

Mattoon splits in Apollo play

Game 1

MATTOON—Mahomet-Seymour defeated Mattoon 10-6 Tuesday in the first game of an Apollo Conference doubleheader.

Raven Morrison was the winning pitcher for Mattoon with 4 innings pitched, giving up 7 hits, 8 runs, 7 earned runs, 4 walks, and gaining 1 strikeout.

Jordan Sapp had 3 RBI’s and 2 runs for Mattoon.

Mattoon left eight runners on base.

Game 2

A six-run fifth inning was all Mattoon needed to defeat Mahomet-Seymour in the second game of the doubleheader.

Mahomet scored a run in the third inning and four more in the top of the fifth to lead 5-0 before the Lady Wave rallied for the win.

Delainey Bryant hit a triple good for two runs-batted-in while Grace McDowell and Tinley Risinger each got a double.

Brooklyn Edwards got the win allowing five hits and five runs, two earned, in the first five innings.

Mattoon plays a non-conference doubleheader at Centralia starting at 11 a.m. Saturday.

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