Purple Panthers To Take On Marquette

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Way back on April 29, the Litchfield girls soccer team opened up their season with a narrow 1-0 win over Staunton. On Friday, June 4, the Panthers beat the Bulldogs again, this time to extend their season, but with a little more breathing room.

Litchfield scored three times in the opening half, then held on for a 3-1 win over the Bulldogs in the sectional quarterfinal, what would have been a regional title game in most non-COVID years.

Despite the lack of hardware this time around, the victory is no less sweet for the Panthers, who got goals from Maddie Diamond and Olivia Mitchell, with Diamond picking up two of the Panthers' three scores. Myka Fenton and senior Izzy Ray would notch assists in the win, while Becky Painter handled goal keeping duties.

Staunton would get one goal back in the second half, but were unable to chip any further into the lead.

Litchfield's prize for the win? A date with Alton Marquette, who is 10-6-1 on the year, with their losses coming against powerhouses like Granite City, Columbia and Triad.

The Explorers, who used to be in the South Central Conference, have two SCC opponents on their schedule: Southwetern, who they defeated 10-0, and Roxana, who they beat 8-2. Game time is 6 p.m. at Gordon Moore Park in Alton on Tuesday, June 8.

June 4 at Litchfield

Staunton 0 1 - 1

Litchfield 3 0 - 3

Scoring: Litchfield - Maddie Diamond 2, Olivia Mitchell 1. Assists: Litchfield - Myka Fenton 1, Izzy Ray 1.

Record: Litchfield (9-3); Staunton (8-5).

IHSA Class 1A Soccer Litchfield Sectional

Tuesday, June 1

Match 1: (5) Carlinville 5, (4) Southwestern 4

Match 2: (3) Staunton 10, (6) Gillespie 1

Match 3: (4) Father McGivney 13, (5) Metro-East Lutheran 1

Match 4: (3) Greenville 3, (6) East Alton-Wood River 0

Friday, June 4

Match 5: (5) Carlinville 3, (1) Hillsboro 2

Match 6: (2) Litchfield 3, (3) Staunton 1

Match 7: (1) Alton Marquette 7, (4) Father McGivney 0

Match 8: (2) Roxana 7, (3) Greenville 0

Tuesday, June 8

Match 9: 6 p.m. - (2) Litchfield vs. (1) Alton Marquette

Match 10: 5 p.m. - (2) Roxana at (5) Carlinville

Friday, June 11

Match 11: TBA - Winner Match 9 vs. Winner Match 10

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