The Redbirds win again and end the Metro Cup 3-0


A host of newcomers mingling with established players proved to be just the ticket for Alton High School’s women’s soccer team the first week of the season during the Metro Cup game.

Alton scored twice in each half and beat Breese Central 4-1 on Saturday in Freeburg and broke their Metro Cup and season record to 3-0.

Saturday was the last day of action for the Metro Cup.

“We have a lot of new faces in this year’s squad,” Alton coach Gwen Sabo said. “A lot of these girls play club football together and that chemistry translates to the pitch.”

On Saturday, the Redbirds took a 2-0 lead thanks to early goals from Emily Baker and Lily Freer.

Baker scored in the seventh minute and Freer scored his second goal of the season in the 10th minute. Both goals were assisted by Tori Schrimpf.

In the second half, Kennedy Stephens scored in the 56th minute, also assisted by Schrimpf. Then in the 78th minute, the Freer sisters combined for the fourth goal when senior Taylor Freer netted an assist from rookie Lily Freer.

With her three assists, Schrimpf, a senior midfielder, leads the Redbirds in points after the first three games. Along with the three assists, she scored a pair of goals for seven points in total.

“Tori has been solid for us that first week,” Sabo said. “His presence makes a big difference for us defensively and offensively.”

Lily Freer and Emily Baker are just behind Schrimpf with six points each. Each scored two goals and added two assists. Lyndsey Miller had two goals and an assist for five points after three games.

The Redbirds will be in action Tuesday in a non-conference game at Southwestern. They open the Southwest Conference portion of their season at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday against Belleville West.

Sabo said the influx of new players has been a boost.

“We have new energy around us this year as a band,” Sabo said.

Roxane 1, Highland – Lorali Copeland’s first-half goal was all the Shells needed in their Metro Cup shutout against Highland in Mascoutah.

The win was the first in the Metro Cup for Roxana, who is 2-2 on aggregate. The Shells opened the season with a 2-0 non-Cup victory over Gillespie on Monday.

The Shells host backyard rival East Alton-Wood River at 4:30 p.m. Monday at Norman Lewis Field.

Marquette 3, Murphysboro 0 – At Gordon Moore Park, the Marquette Explorers got two goals and an assist from Ella Anselm and took their overall and Metro Cup record to 2-1.

The Explorers scored all three goals in the first half.

Anselm scored unassisted in the 13th minute, then made it 2-0 in the 28th minute, assisted by Jillian Nelson.

Lily Covert made it 3-0 for Marquette when she scored in the 30th minute from an Ansel pass.

Marquette goaltender Hannah Marshall had the shutout.

Marquette will play at Columbia on Tuesday in his next action.

Mater Dei 6, Jersey 0 – At Gordon Moore Park, Jersey saw their record fall 0-3 with the Metro Cup loss to Breese Mater Dei.

Mater Dei got two goals from Sierra Brinker and led 5-0 at halftime. Carissa Litteken got the shutout for the Knights, who improved their record to 2-1.

Jersey’s next action is at 5 p.m. Monday at home against Carlinville.

Freeburg 5, CM 1 – In Freeburg, the host Midgets got three goals from Avery Hasseldenz and two from Kylie Kisgen in the MetroCup win over Civic Memorial.

CM, who fell to 1-2, got their second-half goal from Abrianna Garrett, assisted by Mady Zyung.

CM will host Litchfield on Monday at the Bethalto Sports Complex.


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