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WARRENSBURG -- The Warrensburg-Latham/Maroa-Forsyth girls soccer team made it three regional championships in four years as the Cardinals defeated Pana 5-1 in the Class 1A Warrensburg Regional final on Saturday. 

Channing Johnston scored three goals and Megan Leighton and Jenna Gulyash each scored a goal respectively. Assists went to Leighton, Ema Dutcher, Reilly Fitzpatrick and Johnston. 

“That was a really nice win. We had a good game plan and executed really well today. Pana is a really solid team and, especially in the second half, I felt we controlled the game," Warrensburg coach Kevin Emery said. "Our team is playing really well right now. It’s a special group of girls."

Warrensburg keeper Ariana Speagle had 6 saves. 

Pana's goal was scored by Brayer Denton and keeper Shelby Lehman had one save. 

This is the fourth girls soccer regional championship in school history after winning titles in 2010-11, 2015-16 and 2017-18.  

The Cardinals (13-4-1) had a slow start to their season but have turned it around as the postseason was approaching. 

"We started the year 1-3 and have been 12-1-1 since. We’re really confident right now and playing our best ball of the season. We’re looking forward to our Wednesday matchup with Carlinville,” Emery said. 

Warrensburg will face Carlinville in the Litchfield sectional semifinal Wednesday at 4:30 p.m at Litchfield High School. In the other Litchfield sectional semifinal, St. Teresa faces Litchfield at 6:30 p.m.  

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