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The St. Mary's girls soccer team capped off a perfect run through its District 4 schedule by beating Cascade Christian 6-0 at U.S. Cellular Community Park on Saturday.
Five different players scored for the Crusaders (10-2-3, 8-0 Dist. 4), who led 2-0 at halftime.
"Today was just a well-balanced performance from position to position, front line to back line and side to side," St. Mary's head coach Dave Potter said. "We moved the ball thoroughly and around the field and everybody made significant contributions."
Emily Elmore knocked in the final two goals of the match, and Erika Peterson, Marybeth Barnum, Lilli Knudsen and Emily Alvarez also scored.
In the 30th minute, Peterson collected a throw-in from Rachel Raniele and placed the ball to the right of the Cascade Christian goalkeeper and into the net. Six minutes later, a McKenna Barnum corner kick led to her sister Marybeth side-volleying a shot in.
McKenna Barnum found Knudsen in deep traffic near the goal on a corner kick and Knudsen capitalized in the 50th.
Raniele assisted on Alvarez's score in the 60th and Kricket Lyle played up a pass to Elmore in the 64th, resulting in St. Mary's fifth goal.
Eight minutes later, Emily VanValkenburg touched the ball to Marybeth Barnum, who played a one-touch to Elmore to help finish off the buildup.
The Challengers (8-5-1, 3-4 Dist. 4) next face Illinois Valley on Tuesday.
GLIDE 4, ILLINOIS VALLEY 0 — At Glide, muddy terrain made for a challenge but Glide netted a pair of goals in each half to earn the District 4 win.
Kali Vickery and Caroline Brown scored in the first half and Shelby Thompson and Kaitlyn Vian found the net in the second half for Glide (10-2, 5-2 Dist. 4).
The Cougars dropped to 2-5 in league and 5-7 overall despite a solid showing on the road.