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MAROA -- The violent wind challenged both Mattoon and Pana girls soccer teams on Thursday in a St. Teresa Soccer Tournament semifinal match held at Maroa-Forsyth High School.  

"It wasn’t a pretty game. The wind was so strong, it was difficult to even keep the ball on the field," Mattoon coach Ryan Ghere said. 

The Green Wave capitalized on two penalty kick opportunities to beat the Panthers 2-1 to advance to the championship game on Saturday. 

"Our girls never gave up, and Kyah Eastin did a great job stepping up to make both (penalty kicks)," Ghere said. "We are very happy to make it to the championship game. It has been a great start to the year.”

Pana's goal came from senior Shania Schoonover and was assisted by Jeannine Swenny.

Mattoon goalie Hallie Niemerg had three saves.

The Green Wave (3-0) will face Pleasant Plains on Saturday at 2 p.m. Pleasant Plains defeated Mount Zion 1-0 in tournament's other semifinal Thursday. 

BASEBALL 

Mount Zion 8, Troy Triad 3

EDWARDSVILLE -- Mount Zion relied on starting pitcher Daniel Chausse heavily in its season opener against Troy Triad at Southern Illinois University in the Metro East Kickoff Classic. 

"(Daniel) commanded the strike zone pretty well. He was aggressively attacking hitters with both his fastball and his off-speed pitches. With this being his first outing, he was pretty good today," Mount Zion coach Matt Smith said. 

Chausse allowed five hits and one earned run over 6.1 innings and struck out six batters. 

The Braves (1-0) offense got off to a quick start as well taking a 6-1 lead through three innings.  

"Offensively, we had some guys up and down our lineup that were able to contribute," Smith said. "Jonathan Oliger led us off and did a good job of setting the table for us. He was on base for us four times.  Braden Highley (2-for-4 with a double and an RBI) had a good offensive day."

Smith said he was pleased with the Braves' first live game. 

"Overall, I was very pleased with how we played. With us not being able to get outside and run the bases on live situations I think we handled ourselves at that today," he said. 

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