By J.W. Campbell, Sportwriter
For the past two decades, the Triad girls soccer team has either shared or owned outright the Mississippi Valley Conference championship. This year was no different, as the Lady Knights finished off its MVC season with a pair of wins and a perfect 10-0 mark in league play.
Technically, Triad wrapped up its most recent title with a 2-1 win over the Waterloo Bulldogs on Monday, May 6 in Troy. Three days later, the Lady Knights completed the sweep of conference play with a 2-0 win over the Highland Bulldogs.
In the victory over the Waterloo Bulldogs, Triad led 1-0 at the half on a goal by Jordan Wilson. Payton Richter of Waterloo scored the Bulldogs only goal in the second half, but another goal by Wilson proved to be the game winner for Triad.
Lydia Smith and Sydney Thomas each had an assist for the Knights against Waterloo.
Reagan Chigas and Abbey Counts shared the goal keeping duties for the Lady Knights. Between them, they stopped four of five Waterloo shots on goal.
Ella Bockhorn was in the Waterloo net, she made seven saves in the game.
Waterloo finishes the year with an 8-2 league mark and a 14-4-3 overall record.
In the regular-season finale, Chigas and Counts teamed up for Triad’s 13th shutout of the season. Counts made all three Triad saves in the game.
Triad got the only goal it needed in the first half when Katie Rogers found the back of the Highland net. In the second half, Thomas added a goal to establish the final score. The game’s only assist went to Wilson.
Highland ends the regular season with a 6-14-2 record. The Bulldogs went 4-6 in MVC action.
Triad ended the regular season with a 14-3-2 record. The Lady Knights are currently hosting a Class 2A regional. Their first game in the state series was schedule for Tuesday, May 14 against Jerseyville in a semifinal contest. Results of that game were not available at press time.
The regional title tilt is slated for Friday, May 17. It will pit the Triad-Jerseyville winner against either Mascoutah or Highland.