St. A, T-town to Meet for Regional Soccer Title, EHS Loses
Published on October 12 2016 7:33 am
Last Updated on October 12 2016 2:43 pm
Written by Millie Lange
Effingham St. Anthony downed Newton 5-1 and Teutopolis blanked Altamont 2-0 in the Class 1A Teutopolis Soccer Regional Tuesday.
"I'm still wiping my forehead from the crazy game tonight," said St.Anthony Coach Eric Morales. "Nice weather to start the evening, and of course great hospitality. Coming into the game, we new Newton was going to be a huge hurdle to jump. The Eagles came out from the whistle with a force not to be reckoned with. Right away they tested our keeper, just missing the goal. But on the opposite side we also had a miss.
"Then Newton surprised us, finding the back of the net making the game 1-0 in favor of the Eagles. The Eagles continued to pressure us for the rest of the first half. During halftime I had to pull one of those rainy day speeches to get these boys awake.
"In the second half we came out striking hard and fast, but the Eagles stayed with it and held their own. Twenty minutes in, Ryan Kruger found himself on a breakaway and drove the ball deep into the Eagle defense, beating lone defender Britton and putting in the equalizer. The equalizer sparked us and put us into high gear. We scored five goals in 13 minutes. We got two from Kruger, two from Moises Lemus, one from Wyatt Lawrence and one from Donovan Hammer.
"We played an amazing second half and didn't give up. It was a true testament to turning the game around and motivating yourself to make a comeback. This team is truly a team, they never gave up and they never rushed it. They waited for the right time and went with it and used the motivation to completely turn the game back our way. I'm very proud of this team and the work they put in. Congrats to Newton on a well played game and solid effort."
St. Anthony now moves to 17-0-3.
In the second contest, Teutopolis scored two goals and held Altamont scoreless for the win.
Foreign exchange student Ludvig Landgren tallied both goals. Zerrusen had eight saves for the Shoes.
Altamont's Sam Childerson had six saves.
St. Anthony will face T-town at 7 p.m. Friday for the regional championship.
Effingham hosted Mount Zion and lost in Apollo Conference action 6-2.
The Hearts tallied two goals in the first half for a 2-0 lead. Scoring goals for the Hearts were Alessandra Boca and Kaleb Blake.
"We played an amazing first half but could not finish the game," said EHS Coach Lee Althoff.