The Lady Irish departed for Fenton this afternoon, in preparation for their semifinal match Friday against the defending State Champion St Vincent team from Southeast Missouri. The Class 1 game will kick off at 1:00 pm at the AB Soccer Park complex that is the traditional home to the Final 4.
Here is some background on the Indian’s gleaned from the internet. The game Friday pits the #1 ranked St Vincent against #2 Catholic and should be a rumble. I’ll be on site providing offering updates via Twitter and look for photos and video late tomorrow, maybe Saturday morning. I’m a one-man band and I’m checking out the Class 2 and Class 3 games as well, with recruits for our regional college programs playing in those games.
A late-season injury to a teammate during Kristin Mattingly’s sophomore year forced her into St. Vincent’s starting lineup.
Mattingly’s grip on the sweeper position hasn’t loosened since.
The senior serves as the foundation for a defense that only has allowed 13 goals in 24 games and posted 14 shutouts. St. Vincent hasn’t allowed a goal in its three postseason games, a roll the Indians hope continues during the Class 1 final four Friday and Saturday at the Anheuser-Busch Center in Fenton, Mo.
And here’s the summary of St Vincent’s 8-0 win in their Quarterfinal game.
The second game features Trinity (STL) against Barstow (12-9-1, KC). Barstow beat Bishop Leblond 1-0 in their quarterfinal. The game was decided in the second OT when freshman Kathryn Sloan received the ball about 20 yards in front of St. Joseph LeBlond’s net, scoring her 30th goal of the season to send the team to the Final 4.
Trinity, which lost 3-1 to St. Vincent in last year’s title game, comes into the game feeling good about their game. After suffering through a 1-10 midseason slump, the Titans enter the weekend on an 8-1-1 streak. The Trinity attack is keyed by junior Abby Whittington (four goals, 11 assists) and sophomores Lexi Jackson (13 goals, three assists) and Jen Eaton (12 goals, six assists).
The Class 1 title game will be played Saturday at 4 p.m.