DECATUR — Four different players scored for St. Teresa, which picked up where it left off last season with a 4-0 win against Warrensburg-Latham/Maroa-Forsyth on Monday to begin the season at the St. Teresa Tournament.
MacKenzie Claypool, MacKenzee Velcheck, Camryn Wagner and Lauryn Pugh each scored, and goalie Lindsey Kormelink had four saves.
"It was a really cold one, but the girls got the first-game jitters out of the way," new St. Teresa coach Connor Smith said. "It was a very physical game between rivals. The girls played well and found a way to a good win, but there's a lot of room for improvement."
For WLMF, goalie Reece Bobitt had 3 saves.
St. Teresa will play the winner of Tuesday's game between Mount Zion and Mattoon at 6 p.m. on Thursday. Warrensburg will play in the consolation bracket at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Mattoon 8, LSA 2
DECATUR — In her first soccer match in high school, Mattoon junior Flannery Sanders started the game out with a unassisted goal in the first two minutes.
Jessica Nichols followed that with another unassisted goal at five minutes into the game. Peyton Gill had a direct corner kick goal at six minutes and Sanders scored her second unassisted goal at nine minutes. Then, Sanders went in for her third goal for the game at 14 minutes and was assisted by Nichols. Saige Overton scored her first goal of the night at 15 minutes with the assist from Sanders.
After a long scope of time, Grace Helms had a unassisted goal at 27 minutes. Barbara Barquin scored a goal right before half-time with the assist from Destiny Garza at 29 minutes.
While LSA didn’t score in the first half, the team went ahead and scored twice in the second half to make the score 8-2 for a Green Wave victory.
"It was a good way to start the season. Flannery jumped right in there and was aggressive from the start," Mattoon coach Ryan Ghere said. "We looked really good offensively. We will be tested more (today) against Mount Zion. Hopefully we can keep improving and we will see where are defense is at against Mount Zion."