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Granite City eliminates Alton, 1-0 - The Telegraph - 5/16/2018

Granite City eliminates Alton, 1-0

Warriors will meet Edwardsville for title

Matthew Kamp, matthew.kamp@hearst.il.com

 

Published 10:03 pm, Tuesday, May 15, 2018
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  • Alton’s Maggie Evans (left) and Granite City’s Anna Stearns compete for the ball during a semifinal match at the Granite City Class 3A Regional. The Warriors defeated the Redbirds 1-0 and will play top-seeded Edwardsville for the regional title on Friday. Photo: 





Matthew Kamp / Hearst Newspapers

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Matthew Kamp / Hearst Newspapers

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Alton’s Maggie Evans (left) and Granite City’s Anna Stearns compete for the ball during a semifinal match at the Granite City Class 3A Regional. The Warriors defeated the Redbirds 1-0 and will play

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GRANITE CITY — Granite City’s first shot to find the back of the net was waved off after a 10-minute discussion between officials and both coaches.

There was no debating the second.

Abby Reeves scored on a header off a corner kick in the 70th minute to send the Warriors to a 1-0 victory over the Alton Redbirds in a Class 3A Granite City Regional semifinal.

“I’m happy the girls didn’t give up and we were able to create a little bit of pressure,” Alton coach Jeff Hayes said. “Granite City controlled the midfield and had a little more in their step. They carried the momentum the whole way through.”

Fourth-seeded Granite City improves to 13-5-3 with its fifth win in six games. The Warriors will face the top-seeded Edwardsville Tigers at 6 p.m. Friday in the regional championship game. It is a rematch from the 2016 regional title game the Warriors won 2-1 in penalty kicks. Alton ends its season at 10-7-2.

Reeves was responsible for ending Alton’s season and it came at the end of a 10-minute stretch in the game that included a disallowed goal and 30-minute lightning delay.

In the 70th minute, Analise Simpson took the team’s sixth corner kick of the game and fifth of the half and served a ball into the middle of the box.

Reeves was able to get a head on it, and the ball caromed off the inside of the near post before crossing the goal line for the 1-0 lead. It was Reeves’ third goal of the season.

“I told the girls that we need to get the (disallowed goal) out of our minds. I understood and I think they understood and got their minds off of it. They were pretty jovial and ready to play. They got a nice head ball from Abby Reeves to win the game,” Granite City coach Ken Prazma said.

Reeves’ goal came six minutes after Maya Ware’s goal on a free kick was waved off because Alton didn’t have enough players on the field.

The Redbirds had a sub waiting on the sideline to be called into the game after a yellow card but play started without her. Ware hit a liner inside the far post for an apparent 1-0 lead. Hayes pleaded his case and won out.

“The ref is supposed to beckon the player on to the field and it never happened,” Hayes said.

Prazma said the call was unfortunate but part of the game.

“His girl was standing at the line and they didn’t acknowledge it. I got it. When they make a call, I either support the call and stay in or yell and get thrown out,” Prazma said.

As officials discussed the call, lightning was detected in the area.

It led to a 30-minute break with Alton trying to regroup. The Warriors were controlling play at the time of the stoppage.

“I thought we caught a break and the game would turn in our favor, but to Granite’s credit they were on a roll at that point. They didn’t give up,” Hayes said.

Granite City, though, continued to control momentum.

Before the Warriors started to control play in the second half, the Redbirds did have their chances. They just couldn’t find a way to get a shot past Viktoria Johnson.

Alaina Nasello was stopped on her left-footed shot from inside the 18-yard box in the 44th minute. Katie Kercher set up the play with a through ball that sneaked past the Granite City defense.

In the 46th, Kercher couldn’t poke a ball through after a scramble in front of the goal that ended with Johnson falling on top of the loose ball. The Warriors took control from there.

“About 10 minutes into the second half, we were back on our heals for the entire time. I think the credit goes to them for the way they were playing,” Hayes said.

Alton outshot Granite City 16-14, but the Warriors had a 6-0 edge in corner kicks. It was Granite City’s 11th shutout of the season.

Tuesday’s loss meant the end of the prep careers for the Alton seniors, including Brianna Hatfield. She ends her career at Alton with 54 goals.

“It’s been a grind of a season,” Hayes said. “I’ve been proud of their effort and I don’t think there’s been a game where we’ve played bad. We’ve had a lot of senior leadership and we are going to miss that next year for sure.”

Granite City eliminates Alton, 1-0

Warriors will meet Edwardsville for title

Matthew Kamp, matthew.kamp@hearst.il.com

 

Published 10:03 pm, Tuesday, May 15, 2018
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  • Alton’s Maggie Evans (left) and Granite City’s Anna Stearns compete for the ball during a semifinal match at the Granite City Class 3A Regional. The Warriors defeated the Redbirds 1-0 and will play top-seeded Edwardsville for the regional title on Friday. Photo: 





Matthew Kamp / Hearst Newspapers

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Matthew Kamp / Hearst Newspapers

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Alton’s Maggie Evans (left) and Granite City’s Anna Stearns compete for the ball during a semifinal match at the Granite City Class 3A Regional. The Warriors defeated the Redbirds 1-0 and will play

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GRANITE CITY — Granite City’s first shot to find the back of the net was waved off after a 10-minute discussion between officials and both coaches.

There was no debating the second.

Abby Reeves scored on a header off a corner kick in the 70th minute to send the Warriors to a 1-0 victory over the Alton Redbirds in a Class 3A Granite City Regional semifinal.

“I’m happy the girls didn’t give up and we were able to create a little bit of pressure,” Alton coach Jeff Hayes said. “Granite City controlled the midfield and had a little more in their step. They carried the momentum the whole way through.”

Fourth-seeded Granite City improves to 13-5-3 with its fifth win in six games. The Warriors will face the top-seeded Edwardsville Tigers at 6 p.m. Friday in the regional championship game. It is a rematch from the 2016 regional title game the Warriors won 2-1 in penalty kicks. Alton ends its season at 10-7-2.

Reeves was responsible for ending Alton’s season and it came at the end of a 10-minute stretch in the game that included a disallowed goal and 30-minute lightning delay.

In the 70th minute, Analise Simpson took the team’s sixth corner kick of the game and fifth of the half and served a ball into the middle of the box.

Reeves was able to get a head on it, and the ball caromed off the inside of the near post before crossing the goal line for the 1-0 lead. It was Reeves’ third goal of the season.

“I told the girls that we need to get the (disallowed goal) out of our minds. I understood and I think they understood and got their minds off of it. They were pretty jovial and ready to play. They got a nice head ball from Abby Reeves to win the game,” Granite City coach Ken Prazma said.

Reeves’ goal came six minutes after Maya Ware’s goal on a free kick was waved off because Alton didn’t have enough players on the field.

The Redbirds had a sub waiting on the sideline to be called into the game after a yellow card but play started without her. Ware hit a liner inside the far post for an apparent 1-0 lead. Hayes pleaded his case and won out.

“The ref is supposed to beckon the player on to the field and it never happened,” Hayes said.

Prazma said the call was unfortunate but part of the game.

“His girl was standing at the line and they didn’t acknowledge it. I got it. When they make a call, I either support the call and stay in or yell and get thrown out,” Prazma said.

As officials discussed the call, lightning was detected in the area.

It led to a 30-minute break with Alton trying to regroup. The Warriors were controlling play at the time of the stoppage.

“I thought we caught a break and the game would turn in our favor, but to Granite’s credit they were on a roll at that point. They didn’t give up,” Hayes said.

Granite City, though, continued to control momentum.

Before the Warriors started to control play in the second half, the Redbirds did have their chances. They just couldn’t find a way to get a shot past Viktoria Johnson.

Alaina Nasello was stopped on her left-footed shot from inside the 18-yard box in the 44th minute. Katie Kercher set up the play with a through ball that sneaked past the Granite City defense.

In the 46th, Kercher couldn’t poke a ball through after a scramble in front of the goal that ended with Johnson falling on top of the loose ball. The Warriors took control from there.

“About 10 minutes into the second half, we were back on our heals for the entire time. I think the credit goes to them for the way they were playing,” Hayes said.

Alton outshot Granite City 16-14, but the Warriors had a 6-0 edge in corner kicks. It was Granite City’s 11th shutout of the season.

Tuesday’s loss meant the end of the prep careers for the Alton seniors, including Brianna Hatfield. She ends her career at Alton with 54 goals.

“It’s been a grind of a season,” Hayes said. “I’ve been proud of their effort and I don’t think there’s been a game where we’ve played bad. We’ve had a lot of senior leadership and we are going to miss that next year for sure.”

Granite City eliminates Alton, 1-0

Warriors will meet Edwardsville for title

Matthew Kamp, matthew.kamp@hearst.il.com

 

Published 10:03 pm, Tuesday, May 15, 2018
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  • Alton’s Maggie Evans (left) and Granite City’s Anna Stearns compete for the ball during a semifinal match at the Granite City Class 3A Regional. The Warriors defeated the Redbirds 1-0 and will play top-seeded Edwardsville for the regional title on Friday. Photo: 





Matthew Kamp / Hearst Newspapers

Photo:

Matthew Kamp / Hearst Newspapers

IMAGE 1 OF 3

Alton’s Maggie Evans (left) and Granite City’s Anna Stearns compete for the ball during a semifinal match at the Granite City Class 3A Regional. The Warriors defeated the Redbirds 1-0 and will play

... more

GRANITE CITY — Granite City’s first shot to find the back of the net was waved off after a 10-minute discussion between officials and both coaches.

There was no debating the second.

Abby Reeves scored on a header off a corner kick in the 70th minute to send the Warriors to a 1-0 victory over the Alton Redbirds in a Class 3A Granite City Regional semifinal.

“I’m happy the girls didn’t give up and we were able to create a little bit of pressure,” Alton coach Jeff Hayes said. “Granite City controlled the midfield and had a little more in their step. They carried the momentum the whole way through.”

Fourth-seeded Granite City improves to 13-5-3 with its fifth win in six games. The Warriors will face the top-seeded Edwardsville Tigers at 6 p.m. Friday in the regional championship game. It is a rematch from the 2016 regional title game the Warriors won 2-1 in penalty kicks. Alton ends its season at 10-7-2.

Reeves was responsible for ending Alton’s season and it came at the end of a 10-minute stretch in the game that included a disallowed goal and 30-minute lightning delay.

In the 70th minute, Analise Simpson took the team’s sixth corner kick of the game and fifth of the half and served a ball into the middle of the box.

Reeves was able to get a head on it, and the ball caromed off the inside of the near post before crossing the goal line for the 1-0 lead. It was Reeves’ third goal of the season.

“I told the girls that we need to get the (disallowed goal) out of our minds. I understood and I think they understood and got their minds off of it. They were pretty jovial and ready to play. They got a nice head ball from Abby Reeves to win the game,” Granite City coach Ken Prazma said.

Reeves’ goal came six minutes after Maya Ware’s goal on a free kick was waved off because Alton didn’t have enough players on the field.

The Redbirds had a sub waiting on the sideline to be called into the game after a yellow card but play started without her. Ware hit a liner inside the far post for an apparent 1-0 lead. Hayes pleaded his case and won out.

“The ref is supposed to beckon the player on to the field and it never happened,” Hayes said.

Prazma said the call was unfortunate but part of the game.

“His girl was standing at the line and they didn’t acknowledge it. I got it. When they make a call, I either support the call and stay in or yell and get thrown out,” Prazma said.

As officials discussed the call, lightning was detected in the area.

It led to a 30-minute break with Alton trying to regroup. The Warriors were controlling play at the time of the stoppage.

“I thought we caught a break and the game would turn in our favor, but to Granite’s credit they were on a roll at that point. They didn’t give up,” Hayes said.

Granite City, though, continued to control momentum.

Before the Warriors started to control play in the second half, the Redbirds did have their chances. They just couldn’t find a way to get a shot past Viktoria Johnson.

Alaina Nasello was stopped on her left-footed shot from inside the 18-yard box in the 44th minute. Katie Kercher set up the play with a through ball that sneaked past the Granite City defense.

In the 46th, Kercher couldn’t poke a ball through after a scramble in front of the goal that ended with Johnson falling on top of the loose ball. The Warriors took control from there.

“About 10 minutes into the second half, we were back on our heals for the entire time. I think the credit goes to them for the way they were playing,” Hayes said.

Alton outshot Granite City 16-14, but the Warriors had a 6-0 edge in corner kicks. It was Granite City’s 11th shutout of the season.

Tuesday’s loss meant the end of the prep careers for the Alton seniors, including Brianna Hatfield. She ends her career at Alton with 54 goals.

“It’s been a grind of a season,” Hayes said. “I’ve been proud of their effort and I don’t think there’s been a game where we’ve played bad. We’ve had a lot of senior leadership and we are going to miss that next year for sure.”

Granite City eliminates Alton, 1-0

Warriors will meet Edwardsville for title

Matthew Kamp, matthew.kamp@hearst.il.com

 

Published 10:03 pm, Tuesday, May 15, 2018
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  • Alton’s Maggie Evans (left) and Granite City’s Anna Stearns compete for the ball during a semifinal match at the Granite City Class 3A Regional. The Warriors defeated the Redbirds 1-0 and will play top-seeded Edwardsville for the regional title on Friday. Photo: 





Matthew Kamp / Hearst Newspapers

Photo:

Matthew Kamp / Hearst Newspapers

IMAGE 1 OF 3

Alton’s Maggie Evans (left) and Granite City’s Anna Stearns compete for the ball during a semifinal match at the Granite City Class 3A Regional. The Warriors defeated the Redbirds 1-0 and will play

... more

GRANITE CITY — Granite City’s first shot to find the back of the net was waved off after a 10-minute discussion between officials and both coaches.

There was no debating the second.

Abby Reeves scored on a header off a corner kick in the 70th minute to send the Warriors to a 1-0 victory over the Alton Redbirds in a Class 3A Granite City Regional semifinal.

“I’m happy the girls didn’t give up and we were able to create a little bit of pressure,” Alton coach Jeff Hayes said. “Granite City controlled the midfield and had a little more in their step. They carried the momentum the whole way through.”

Fourth-seeded Granite City improves to 13-5-3 with its fifth win in six games. The Warriors will face the top-seeded Edwardsville Tigers at 6 p.m. Friday in the regional championship game. It is a rematch from the 2016 regional title game the Warriors won 2-1 in penalty kicks. Alton ends its season at 10-7-2.

Reeves was responsible for ending Alton’s season and it came at the end of a 10-minute stretch in the game that included a disallowed goal and 30-minute lightning delay.

In the 70th minute, Analise Simpson took the team’s sixth corner kick of the game and fifth of the half and served a ball into the middle of the box.

Reeves was able to get a head on it, and the ball caromed off the inside of the near post before crossing the goal line for the 1-0 lead. It was Reeves’ third goal of the season.

“I told the girls that we need to get the (disallowed goal) out of our minds. I understood and I think they understood and got their minds off of it. They were pretty jovial and ready to play. They got a nice head ball from Abby Reeves to win the game,” Granite City coach Ken Prazma said.

Reeves’ goal came six minutes after Maya Ware’s goal on a free kick was waved off because Alton didn’t have enough players on the field.

The Redbirds had a sub waiting on the sideline to be called into the game after a yellow card but play started without her. Ware hit a liner inside the far post for an apparent 1-0 lead. Hayes pleaded his case and won out.

“The ref is supposed to beckon the player on to the field and it never happened,” Hayes said.

Prazma said the call was unfortunate but part of the game.

“His girl was standing at the line and they didn’t acknowledge it. I got it. When they make a call, I either support the call and stay in or yell and get thrown out,” Prazma said.

As officials discussed the call, lightning was detected in the area.

It led to a 30-minute break with Alton trying to regroup. The Warriors were controlling play at the time of the stoppage.

“I thought we caught a break and the game would turn in our favor, but to Granite’s credit they were on a roll at that point. They didn’t give up,” Hayes said.

Granite City, though, continued to control momentum.

Before the Warriors started to control play in the second half, the Redbirds did have their chances. They just couldn’t find a way to get a shot past Viktoria Johnson.

Alaina Nasello was stopped on her left-footed shot from inside the 18-yard box in the 44th minute. Katie Kercher set up the play with a through ball that sneaked past the Granite City defense.

In the 46th, Kercher couldn’t poke a ball through after a scramble in front of the goal that ended with Johnson falling on top of the loose ball. The Warriors took control from there.

“About 10 minutes into the second half, we were back on our heals for the entire time. I think the credit goes to them for the way they were playing,” Hayes said.

Alton outshot Granite City 16-14, but the Warriors had a 6-0 edge in corner kicks. It was Granite City’s 11th shutout of the season.

Tuesday’s loss meant the end of the prep careers for the Alton seniors, including Brianna Hatfield. She ends her career at Alton with 54 goals.

“It’s been a grind of a season,” Hayes said. “I’ve been proud of their effort and I don’t think there’s been a game where we’ve played bad. We’ve had a lot of senior leadership and we are going to miss that next year for sure.”


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