CARBONDALE — Led by Faith Golz’ seventh multi-goal game of the season, Carbondale beat Carterville-Herrin, 9-0, in the semifinals of the Carbondale 2A girls soccer regional Tuesday.
“The girls are starting to get back on a roll,” said Carbondale coach Ortez Davis. “At this point in the season it’s literally one game at a time. Now that we’re through this game we are getting ready for Charleston and hopefully a regional championship for the first time since 2014. I feel like we’re due and if we play as well as we did tonight we have a chance.”
Carbondale (10-8-1) will take a five-game unbeaten streak into Friday’s 5 p.m. final against another hot club Charleston (15-3-1), which has won five games in a row after eliminating Centralia in the first semifinal by the same score, 9-0, led by Julia Griffin with four goals scored.
“I don’t know a lot about Charleston, but I’m really confident about my team,” Golz said. “We’ve been playing really well together this season and things have been clicking, so I’m really excited about Friday.”
The Terriers began the season with three shutout losses, but broke out of the slump winning the next four games by a combined score of 30-0.
The Terriers split the next four games before losing the next three games 2-0, 6-0, 1-0. Over the last five games, Carbondale has won four by shutout and tied Marion 1-1.
Carbondale held the Lions to just one shot to post its ninth shutout of the season.
“The defense has had a lot of shutouts this season, so a lot of credit goes to our back line (Audrey Meador, Claire Kippenbrok, Emma Dorris and Leah Hall) and our freshmen goalies (Ella Summerlin and Kristyn Kalert).”
Golz scored the first two goals in the first three minutes of the game and scored her third with 21:34 remaining in the first half to give the Terriers a 5-0 lead at halftime.
“My last goal Sage Nelsen played the ball and it was bouncing,” Golz said. “I practice with my sister a lot with bouncing balls and striking, so I just remembered to lean over the ball and hit it with my left foot.”
Golz leads the team with a career-high 21 goals. The senior broke her previous best of 17 goals scored achieved two years ago in the final game of the regular season with a goal also against the Lions.
During the regular season, Golz scored four goals and three goals in the two games against Mount Vernon and had two goals each against Harrisburg, Anna-Jonesboro and Centralia.
Golz scored her first goal at the 1:58 mark and scored again 56 seconds later. The Terriers upped their lead to 3-0 on the first of two goals by Jalesa Watts 2:30 later. Macey Davis made it 4-0 with 25 minutes left in the first half.
“The first goal the ball was bouncing and I was just in a good area working on my left foot strike and I thought I was close enough, so I just leaned over the ball and luckily it went in,” Golz said. “We’ve been off-sides a lot lately because a lot of teams are playing speed traps against us, so I was trying to stay with the line and that ball deflected off one of their defenders, which was why I wasn’t off-sides and I was able to find the corner.”
Watts scored her seventh goal of the season 1:50 into the second half and Davis scored her fifth 2:14 later. Mila Wendt scored back-to-back goals in a 1:27 span with 16:25 remaining in the game. For Wendt the two goals were her sixth and seventh of the season.