honorable mentioned in conference and sectionals. coal city tournament all team goalie . two mvp's all career in high school for freshman and junior years. set the top save record to be 36 from freshman year. then having a 2 scored on with 34 saves outta 49 shots from a state ranked team.
Duchesses race past Lady 'Dogs
"Dixon has a very good team and No. 9 for them (Burger) is a great soccer player," said Brian Wahl, Streator's coach. "She has great moves, and we didn't have the defensive speed to keep up with her today. She controlled the game.
"We didn't win the 50-50 balls and we weren't aggressive. When we got down 3-0, I noticed that we just fell apart. We just didn't have our 'A' game today. I put in some underclass girls who don't always get playing time, and once we got down I wanted to get them some time on the varsity level, so that was good. We did some positive things and made some very good runs, and Stevie (Gegg, STHS's keeper) made some very good saves. We made some bad decisions, but everybody does. We're going to have to get over that, because that's what's keeping us from being a good team right now. We'll get it taken care of by the end of the year."
It took less than a minute for Burger to make her presence felt. The first time she touched the ball she broke free and pulled up about 10 yards from the goal and uncorked a shot which Gegg snared. Three minutes later Burger and Gegg each reprised their role with the same result, a 0-0 score.
In the seventh minute, however, Burger took the ball in deeper and popped a shot into the net from inside the six-yard box to put her team up for good. She and Allison DeArvil attacked again a minute later, but Gegg came up big, only to find Burger in her face minutes later, scoring a second goal, this time assisted by Cristina Coggins.
Burger tallied again in the 27th minute, again aided by a Coggins pass from right wing which caught Burger perfectly in stride, and she made no mistake on her way to the net.
The Lady Bulldogs were able to apply some pressure in the waning minutes of the half. Olivia Majerchin forced Dixon keeper Shelby Westart to make a save and in the 30th minute, and Abigail Downey shot just wide of the left goalpost from 15 yards out.
With four minutes to play in the half, Hannah Sharkey took a free kick from just outside the penalty area and roofed it into the upper left corner of the cage. The half ended with Dixon (3-2-1) leading 4-0.
Sadie Bratt scored off a corner in the 44th minute and Carly Capesius added a sixth goal in the final minute of play.
Majerchin, Taylor Carby and Chassity Moreno all forced the issue for the Lady Bulldogs (1-2), but failed to beat either of the Dixon keepers.
"It's good to see Streator with this soccer program," said Dixon coach Mahmoud Etemadi. "This was the first time we've played them, and they have some very good players. We played tough, but they played very good at times and they played hard to the last minute and never gave up. They were well-behaved and they help promote the sport.
"We try to be aggressive and win 50-50 balls. We think if you win 50-50 balls, you win the game. We're a very young team, so we're still learning."
"They are the best team we've played this year, by far," said STHS coach Brian Wahl. "Their passing was terrific. Their ball control and trapping was phenomenal. They did everything right. We didn't really play that bad. They were just too good."
Stevie Gegg and Kayla Schmitt did what they could in goal for the Lady Bulldogs(2-10-1, 0-5). Gegg had 23 saves while Schmitt added two saves.
SATISFIED SENIORS -- Streator notches school's first-ever NCIC victory
But what made this particular senior night that much better was the outcome.
Streator gave its best offensive performance of the year in beating Sterling 2-0 Tuesday. Not only was it the Lady Bulldogs' third and most impressive win of the season, it also was the team's history-making first NCIC win, leaving STHS at 3-10-1 overall and 1-5 in NCIC play.
"We dominated the whole game,"said Streator coach Brian Wahl. "In that first half we came out aggressive. We trapped the ball well. We made the runs. It was great.
"It was a great win for these seniors. They've fought for this program for three years through some difficult times. They just kept working hard and improving, and getting this win was so rewarding. They earned this win. If only we had senior night every night."
Although Streator hadn't picked up a victory since April 18 against Stanford Olympia, the signs of improvement have been there. The Lady Bulldogs dropped several close contest to the likes of Mendota, Chillicothe IVC and Coal City while tying Reed-Custer. They finally put it all together Tuesday, outshooting the Golden Warriors 16-6, including 9-6 on goal.
"I think we started to work together better," said senior forward Olivia Majerchin. "We were trapping better. We've been passing better. I think we worked harder today because it was senior night. We wanted it to happen today.
"We've been close in a lot of games. It was bound to happen sometime. I think we got better every game. We never took a step back. I'm glad we experienced that today."
Majerchin came up big once again, just as she has all season long for the STHS offense. She scored both Streator goals, giving her 13 of the team's 17 total goals for the year.
The Lady Bulldogs controlled most of the first half, producing a few near misses. Majerchin received a nice crossing pass in the fifth minute, but her shot ended up wide. Later, Taylor Carby made a nice pass to Majerchin in the 10th minute before Sterling (0-10, 0-6) made a nice save.
However, Majerchin couldn't be denied the third time. She took a pass from fellow senior Sara Turner in the box in the 19th minute and launched a shot. The ball initially was stopped by the Sterling goalkeeper, but it slipped out of her hands and hit her heel, bouncing into the goal for a 1-0 Streator lead.
Streator didn't stop there. In the 34th minute, junior Andrea Bruck found Majerchin with a pass, who beat the Sterling keeper to make the score 2-0.
Sterling tried to answer with its only legitimate opportunity of the first half. Kenzie Greenwalt had a breakaway in the 38th minute and launched a lofting kick that cleared Lady Bulldogs goalie Stevie Gegg. However, it sailed over the crossbar, leaving the score at 2-0 at halftime.
Gegg, who has been terrific in goal for the Lady Bulldogs all year, rarely was challenged. Outside the near miss toward the end of the first half, the Golden Warriors' best opportunity came in the 52nd minute when Kathy Rodriguez launched a rocket toward Gegg, who made a nice save.
Gegg finished with six saves.
Streator plays well in season finale
"It's nice when everything clicks," Wahl said. "I told them at the half that when you do everything right, good things happen. That's how we played today. I'm just really, really proud of these seniors. I'm more happy for these girls than I have been for anybody. They really deserve it."
Strong effort by Gegg not enough -- Goalie saves 34 despite loss to Tigresses.
Tuesday afternoon at the Streator Family YMCA, Streator goalkeeper Stevie Gegg did one heck of a Chuck Howley impersonation.
Gegg recorded 34 saves and allowed just two of Princeton's 49 shots to reach the net, but the Lady Bulldogs still suffered a home defeat to the Tigresses, 2-0. Princeton's girls controlled the game from the opening whistle to the closing three-whistle burst, getting nearly 50 shots while Streator's girls managed only two shots on goal all afternoon.
"If they kept time of possession, we'd have 15 minutes if that of controlling the ball," said first-year STHS coach Brian Wahl after seeing his team fall to 1-4 overall, 0-2 in the NCIC. "We always seem to come out slow in the first half. I don't know why. Then we seem to pick it up in the second half, get a little more aggressive.
"We didn't control the game better by any means in the second half today, but we were a little more aggressive. (Princeton) just controlled everything."
The game's two goals both came in the first half, both were thanks to one-on-one breakaways and both were off the foot of Princeton's Lindsey Frank. Frank scored her first goal 11 minutes in and added her second 23 minutes later to make it 2-0 in favor of the guests.
Other than that, Gegg was a wall in goal. The STHS junior stopped the first five shots she faced before Frank's first goal, stopped 14 in a row before Frank's other score, then stopped Princeton's final 15 shots.
"Stevie we worked her hard today," said Wahl. "She did a great job in there. I wish we could have put together more offensive pushes than we did for her."
While Gegg was diving, leaping and sliding seemingly every few seconds, her counterpart Princeton keeper Molly Harmon spent most of the game's 80 minutes all alone. Harmon touched the ball a grand total of three times while it was in play, making her only save 62 minutes in. Streator's only other shot came 29 minutes after the opening whistle, as Olivia Majerchin's free kick sailed wide left.
The differences between Gegg's afternoon and Harmon's, along with the Tigresses 49-2 edge in shots, perfectly tell the story of Princeton's ability to control possession and, thus, the game.
"That's what happens when a team plays together for five, six years," Wahl said of Princeton, now 6-0-1 on the season, 2-0 in the NCIC. "This being our third year, I'd like for us to be further along, but a lot of the schools we play have had girls soccer for a lot longer. That's a lot of ground to make up.
"But I do see us doing good things. We just have to put them together. Every game I'm seeing something new that we've improved on since the last game. We've still got some time to get everything going, but ultimately it's up to the girls."
Streator plays well in season finale.
The Lady Bulldogs, seeded 13th, gave fourth-seeded Tinley Park all it could handle before dropping a 1-0 contest in the Oak Forest Class 2A Regional on Tuesday. The loss ended Streator's season at 3-12-1.
Tinley Park scored its goal within the first 10 minutes of the match. However, behind goalkeeper Stevie Gegg, STHS hung around the rest of the way, but couldn't score the game-tying goal.
Gegg, who will lead some solid returnees for next year, had 20 saves in the net.
"We hung with their team the whole time," said Streator coach Brian Wahl. "We did a great job. We stepped up defensively. We just had a defensive lapse.
"I was just happy we hung with them as long as we did. If we could have played like this the whole season, we would have had a bit better record."
Right now I am on my last year at Illinois Central College but is looking to go on with my soccer career.
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