Girls soccer clinches third consecutive Regional Title; set sights on Sectional showdown


Photo Courtesy of: Mr. Matt Chapman

Community claimed its third straight Regional Title, and will face Minooka in the opening round of Sectional play. Last year, the Iron’s season ended in the Sectional Finals with a 5-0 loss to Edwardsville.

Girls soccer earned its third consecutive Regional Title with a 2-1 win over the East Moline United Township Panthers on Friday, May 19.

The Iron (13-8-4) open Sectional play Tuesday, May 22, facing the Minooka Central Community Indians (13-2-4) at Bloomington High School at 5 p.m.

Minooka enters the match coming off back-to-back shutout wins, out-scoring opponents 22-0.

Forward Reese Anderson (’24), the Iron’s leading scorer, will look to snap that streak.

Anderson enters the contest with 18 goals, tallying two against East Moline last week.

Anderson put Community up 1-0 off a Teagan Fahy (’24) assist 22 minutes into the match.

Fahy, second in assists this season for Community, tapped a pass to Anderson, who scored on a “beautiful shot” from 22 yards out, Iron head coach Mr. Matt Chapman said.

Six minutes later, Chapman said Reese “wrestled the ball away” from a Panther and “ripped a cross … that floated over the goalkeeper and curled into the goal for her 2nd goal.”

Seven minutes into the second half Minooka’s Sofia Camarillo cut the Iron’s lead to 2-1.

Community keeper Maddie Johnson (’23) denied East Moline’s initial shot attempt, deflecting a free kick cross into the box.

Camarillo, East Moline’s All-State forward, sent the deflection into the back of the net for the Panther’s only goal.

Johnson, who has allowed 17 goals on the season, finished the day with five saves.

The winner of Tuesday’s Sectional matchup will head to Edwardsville High School Friday, May 26, to take on the victor of the O’Fallon vs. Edwardsville contest.