WEST CHICAGO – The St. Charles East girls soccer team remained unbeaten Thursday, defeating West Chicago, 5-1, on the Wildcats’ home turf field.
“A good game,” Saints coach Paul Jennison said. “Obviously freezing cold, but it was a couple of decent teams trying to play some soccer and I was happy with the effort against their talent.”
East (2-0-1) took a 1-0 lead into halftime before West Chicago responded with the equalizier. The Saints recovered to score the final four goals of the match, spreading their attack.
“It was nice to have a few different scorers out there,” Jennison said.
Goalkeeper Kendra Sheehan played the bulk of the afternoon in net before Alison Chesterfield entered for the final 15 minutes.
Geneva match canceled: At Granite City, Geneva was unable to escape the inclement weather, as the opener of its downstate spring trip, a match at Granite City, was washed out.
Burlington Central 13, East Carter (Ky.) 5: At the Cal Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Central closed a 3-1 spring break trip behind an offensive barrage. Mike Lee went 4 for 5 with a home run and two RBIs, Bryan Cynova doubled twice and drove in four runs and Cody Schuver collected two hits and three RBIs.
Parker Boron earned the victory as BC improved to 4-1.
Central began a lengthy overnight drive home after the midafternoon game, watching the baseball movie “Moneyball” on its chartered bus early in the trip.
“It was a great experience for the kids getting to play in a nice facility against some good competition,” Rockets coach Kyle Nelson said. “And I think we got better.”
Elsewhere on the spring break traveling circuit, St. Francis was set to fly home Thursday from its trip to Orlando, Fla., heading north with a 4-1 record.
The Spartans swept a doubleheader to close their run Wednesday, clubbing Shiocton (Wis.) and Elgin Academy by a combined score of 23-2. Jason Sullivan smacked a grand slam in the Shiocton game.
“Oh, it was great,” St. Francis coach Rich Janor said. “We had played pretty well overall and kind of broke the ice with the season here, no pun intended, and kind of hopefully set the tone for the early part of our season.”
Kaneland’s game Thursday at Elder (Ohio) was rained out. The Knights endured a lengthy rain delay Wednesday to watch the host Cincinnati Reds defeat the St. Louis Cardinals, 1-0, at Great American Ball Park.