LITCHFIELD -- Three goals by Camryn Wagner propelled St. Teresa's girls soccer team to a 5-2 Class 1A Litchfield Sectional semifinal victory over Litchfield on Wednesday.

The hat trick by Wagner, the Bulldogs' all-time leading scorer, gave St. Teresa its first ever girls soccer sectional victory in school history.
The Bulldogs will play Carlinville in the sectional final at 2 p.m. Saturday at Litchfield High School. The teams met earlier in the season and played to a 0-0 tie on April 27 at St. Teresa. 
Wagner was kept without a goal in St. Teresa's regional final win against St. Thomas More and was eager to put her team on the board at sectionals. 
"I wanted to score today. Winning is more important than getting the goals but scoring three goals was great. I was feeling a little slow after the long car ride to get here but once warm-ups started I was ready to go," she said. "(Winning at sectionals) is completely awesome, being able to do this my senior year is amazing."
The Bulldogs led 3-0 after the first half but Litchfield responded with two goals early in the second half by sophomore Maddison Diamond to bring it to 3-2.
Bulldogs freshman Grace Buxton continued her scoring hot streak with her second goal of the game with 27:14 left in the game to make it 4-2. Wagner's third goal came with 7:33 remaining to make the final score 5-2. 
The speed of St. Teresa's three forwards — Wagner, Buxton and Kaylee Kleist — was too much for Litchfield's defense.
"They are fast, that's why they are up there. It worked out for us on a team that tried to play a trap on us and we just kept pounding balls over the top and they kept on running and as you can tell they finished strong with five goals," St. Teresa coach Connor Smith said. 

Carlinville 1, Warrensburg-Latham/Maroa-Forsyth 0

LITCHFIELD -- With thick grass and recent rain slowing down the ball in the Class 1A Litchfield Sectional semifinal between Carlinville and Warrenburg-Latham/Maroa-Forsyth it wasn't surprising that it took 94 minutes for the one and only score to get on the board. 

With 6:45 left in the second overtime period, a corner kick near Warrensburg's goal was placed perfectly into a crowd of players and Cavaliers sophomore Maycee Gall kicked it past keeper Ariana Speagle. 

"That situation, we talked about that at halftime about covering on corner kicks and they put the ball right on top of the mouth and it is one of those things when the ball is right on top of the mouth and the keeper can't get to it because there are too many people and anything can happen with that," Warrensburg coach Kevin Emery said. "That's something that I'm sure that they work on and it worked out for them in the overtime. We had our opportunities but it didn't work out today."

Both teams had many shots on goal as Speagle had 12 saves and Carlinville keeper Sarah Deneve had nine.

Although they never put the goal in, the Cardinals (13-5-1) spent much of the second half near Carlinville's (14-3-3) goal. 

"I felt just from the eye test that we were the better team and it is one of those games where the better team doesn't end up winning," Emery said.

This year's team was special for Emery as he saw them improve greatly over the course of the season. 

"This is my 17th year coaching and I haven't had a group of girls that I felt was more rewarding for me personally to coach just in terms of their work ethic and their want to get better. Their willingness to try new things," he said. "We have a lot of girls that have learned the game so much that we can have conversations in practice instead of me just dictating what happens. It's a great feeling."

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