Offensive leader — Mater Dei sophomore Faith Rackers brings the ball into the offensive zone against Marion’s Paige Newlin in the title game of the Metro Cup on Saturday. Rackers is third in the Metro-East area with eight goals scored.
    If one week was any indicator, the Mater Dei Lady Knights soccer team has put the disappointment of last season’s 9-14 record in the rearview mirror.
    Mater Dei began the current campaign with a solid 2-1-1 record against four Class 2A programs as it finished runner-up in the eight-team, Metro Cup Puma Division.
    The Lady Knights tied for first in Pool A with Highland, but Mater Dei won the tiebreaker with a 2-1 edge in game shutouts. Mater Dei, which tied the Lady Bulldogs 1-1 in last Monday’s opening session, bounced back with a 7-0 triumph against Jerseyville last Tuesday and a 6-0 win over Mt. Vernon on Friday.
    Marion, which won Pool B with a 2-0-1 record, completed an undefeated run through the tournament when it slipped past the Lady Knights 1-0 in Saturday’s championship game.
    Mater Dei hosts Alton Marquette on Thursday in its home opener. The Lady Knights travel to Wesclin on Saturday and to Salem next Tuesday.
    Marion 1, Mater Dei 0:  Thanks largely to 12 saves by goalie Quinn Cutler, the Lady Knights defense turned away 16 Marion shots. Unfortunately they were unable to stop a 17th attempt.
    Makenzie Miller scored the only goal of the game from 15 yards away on the right side with 28 minutes left in the first half as the Lady Wildcats prevailed 1-0 in Saturday’s Metro Cup Puma Division championship contest.


No run support — Central senior southpaw Dylan Wilson sends home a first-inning pitch in the Cougars’ season-opening 10-0 loss against Normal University High at GCS Ballpark. Wilson allowed four unearned runs in the decision.
    The Central High School baseball team got their season started with a quartet of losses and a shutout victory at Centralia.
    The Cougars dropped games against Normal University High in Sauget and another against Champaign Central in the Gateway Prep Showcase last Wednesday and Thursday.  They then defeated Centralia on the road Friday before dropping a twin bill at Collinsville on Saturday.
    Central will host Staunton on Friday before playing two in Wood River on Saturday.
    Collinsville 7, Central 6 (Game 2):  The Cougars’ late rally came up one run short in their second loss of the day on Saturday.
    Collinsville led 2-0 after one inning and 7-1 after five innings only to see the Cougars rally in the top of the sixth inning.
    Central’s Braden Thomas led the sixth inning where he was hit by a pitch that was followed by Briar Weiss drawing a walk.
    Lucas Wobbe loaded the bases with a walk before Calvin Rakers reached on a fielding error that scored two runs to get the Cougars within 7-3.
    Max Kampwerth also reached on an error as Wobbe crossed the plate to get the Cougars within 7-4.  Trent Nunn followed with a single before Tyler Malone scored two with a single through the left side as CHS trailed 7-6.
    Marshall Smith added an infield single where Malone was thrown out at the plate trying to tie the contest.  The Cougars did not threaten in the seventh inning as they dropped their fourth game of the season.
    Malone was 2-for-4 with three runs batted in and two singles.  Nunn was 2-for-2 with two singles while Rakers had two RBIs and a pair of stolen bases.
    Drew Rakers was the losing pitcher for Central as he went the first four innings and allowed three earned runs on six hits and one walk.

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