Winfield’s Lady Warriors wrapped their season Monday following a pair of games last week, and the team said goodbye to six of its senior players and two managers.
The last three games of the year started with a loss against St. Charles, for the final GAC North conference game of the year.
Coach James Gorski said Winfield had made changes since the last time the two teams had met, and the result was better for Winfield this time around, though St. Charles still scored six goals over the Lady Warriors for a final score of 6-0.
A Tuesday game against Fatima was cancelled, and the girls went on to battle Mexico in the final game of their regular season schedule. Gorski said Winfield controlled the “vast majority” of play.
On April 13 the Lady Warriors had tied Mexico 1-1, and in the rematch, they were determined to get a win. Winfield scored first, midway through the first half and took a 1-0 lead into halftime.
Two more goals were thrown up on the board in the second, and Winfield won 3-0.
Senior Liz Scott scored the first goal (her 13th of the season) and freshman LeiAnn Ford added the other two for her fourth and fifth goals of the season. Assists were earned by sophomore Kyra Lerschen (her second assist of the season), and senior Sam Nesslage (her first).
Senior Maci Dixon played the full 80 minutes as Winfield’s goalkeeper, and made three saves to earn her third solo shut-out of the season.
Finally, Winfield went to O’Fallon for the Class 2 District 7 District Tournament, where they took on the one seed, St. Charles West.
It was the third time the Lady Warriors had taken to the field against West, and West proved its skill again by heading into halftime with five points over Winfield’s zero.
Gorski said Winfield put up a better defensive showing the second, keeping West locked in at their five goal score, but the girls couldn’t muster a goal of their own. Gorski said Dixon again played the full 80 minutes, making 13 saves to end her high school career. The loss concludes Winfield’s season, with a final overall record of 7-13-3.
The team will be losing seniors Hailey Barth, Dixon, Destiny McClintock, Nesslage, Scott and Terra Winters, as well as managers Megan Eggemeyer and Chloe Songer (both managers have been with the program for four years, Gorski said) as the seniors graduate on May 19.
The team is looking to rebuild from those departures in the 2020 season.