ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles East girls soccer team scored all three of its goals in the second half Wednesday to defeat Schaumburg, 3-2, in the first round of the Augsburg-Drach Invitational.
East trailed, 1-0, at halftime.
Saints coach Paul Jennison said the Saxons were “without a doubt the most physical team we’ve seen,” and said Schaumburg outmuscled East early in the match.
“We found a little bit within ourselves,” Jennison said. “I think the biggest thing was we decided we were going to have to fight to win the game because they were not giving us an inch. We weren’t going to get through on skill alone.”
Allie Arvizu, Amanda Hilton and Hannah Rawson scored for the Saints (5-1), who withstood a late goal from the Saxons to cut East’s lead to the final margin.
In other first-round tournament action at East, Geneva (3-3) allowed a goal off a corner kick with about 8 minutes to play and fell to Naperville Central, 1-0.
Vikings midfielder Molly Axen left the game with an apparent ankle injury and is due for an X-ray today, coach Megan Owens said.
St. Charles North 8, Elgin 0: At St. Charles, Sophie Pohl scored two goals and had an assist and Kelly Manski scored a goal and added two assists as North (6-1, 2-0 UEC River) won a conference game by an 8-0 score for the second straight day.
Kaneland 6, Plano 5: At Maple Park, freshman Anthony Holubeckl pitched 61/3 innings for his first career win as Kaneland (2-5) survived Plano’s five-run seventh inning. Matt Limbrunner and Dan Miller each drove in a pair of runs for the Knights.
Burlington Central 12, Yorkville 2: At Yorkville, Alex Bell had three hits and four RBIs, including a three-run home run, and sophomore Ryan Anderson pitched five scoreless innings in a nonconference win for Central (2-1).
St. Charles North 7, Waubonsie Valley 5: At Aurora, winning pitcher Sabrina Rabin stayed hot with her bat, supplying three hits, and Delaney Olinger homered and drove in two to help North (3-0, 2-0 UEC River) to a crossover win.
Geneva 16, East Aurora 1 (5 inn.): At Aurora, Natalie Erbe pitched five innings of one-hit ball and Kirsten Searcy doubled twice as Geneva (3-2, 1-1 UEC River) dominated the conference crossover.
The Vikings scored nine runs in the top of the first.
Neuqua Valley 10, Batavia 3: At Naperville, Batavia’s Selena Kweder had three hits and a double and Alicia Mueller went 2 for 3 with a double but the Bulldogs (1-4, 0-2 UEC River) lost the conference crossover.
Newark 12, Rosary 11: At Aurora, Rosary’s Kates Groom and Sam Phelps notched three hits apiece and Groom and Cara Smoczynski both homered for Rosary (1-1) but the Royals fell after being outscored 5-1 in the final two innings.
St. Francis 9, Timothy Christian 0: At Elmhurst, St. Francis surged to 6-0 on the season by thumping Timothy Christian in Suburban Christian Conference action.
Wheaton Academy 16, Walther Lutheran 4 (5 inn.): At Melrose Park, Wheaton Academy romped in its season and SCC Gold opener behind Sarah McClain, who contributed three hits, four RBIs and three steals. Gina Graff drove in three runs for the Warriors.
Oswego 4, Geneva 3: At Geneva, Nick McCarty scored a victory at No. 2 singles for Geneva, while the top doubles pairing of Ryan Doeckel and John Potts won in three games.
Geneva 12, Oswego 3: At Oswego, Ann Green, Melanie Burkhardt and Nicole Schneider each won in both singles and doubles to lead the Vikings.
St. Francis 2, Streamwood 0 (25-13, 25-10): At Streamwood, Pat Flood (seven kills) and Jeff Jendryk (six kills, six blocks) shined at the net for 3-0 St. Francis.
Robert Smith added 14 assists.