The St. James girls soccer team (4-1, 0-1 FRC) traveled to St. Clair for their Four Rivers Conference opener and first road game of the season on Thursday, April 5. The Lady Tigers were able to hang tough for a while, but they couldn't find the back of the net in a 3-0 loss.
St. Clair struck early on Thursday, scoring a goal in the 10th minute. The Lady Tiger defense stood strong after that, but St. James couldn't find a goal and St. Clair took a 1-0 lead into the half.
St. James was able to pick up some scoring chances in the second half, but couldn't find the back of the net. The Lady Tigers kept the game at 1-0 for a while, but St. Clair's depth won out. A very tiger St. James team couldn't keep pace as the second half wore on and St. Clair scored in the 60th minute, before adding a final goal for a 3-0 win over the Lady Tigers.
"The girls fought hard," said coach Moreland. "In the 60th minute, their depth in numbers just caught up to us. We were on empty and couldn't hold position and St. Clair found the back of the net two more times, sealing the deal 3-0."
The loss ends a pair of streaks for St. James, as they started the season 4-0 and Quinn Paulus had recorded a hat trick in each of those wins. St. James also had a couple of injuries in the game, as Alyssa Rinehart and Shebly Marcee both went down. Assistant coach Beau Moreland expects that they'll be ready to return to action when St. James hosts Union on Monday, April 9.