The St. James soccer team hosted St. Clair for a Four Rivers Conference matchup on Thursday, April 4. The Lady Tigers got behind early and couldn't dig out of the hole in a 4-1 loss.
St. Clair came out of the gate swinging, scoring three goals in the first half, taking advantage of a depleted St. James lineup. The Lady Tigers were without Cailey Sanders on defense and Ashlyn Rinehart was running less than 100 percent due to an injury. As the game went on, two more players went down, as Valerie Frayer got hurt in the first half, before Aly Bullock suffered an injury early in the second half.
Despite the injuries, St. James buckled down in the second half. The Lady Tigers cut the lead to 3-1 late in the half, as Shelby Quick scored on a penalty kick, but they couldn't get any closer than that. St. Clair finished off the win with one final goal in a 4-1 win over St. James. Ivy Fowler was busy in goal for St. James, collecting 27 saves in the loss.
"With four starters out or down after a long hard week, we played exceptionally well against a strong St. Clair team," said assistant coach Beau Moreland. "The defense did an amazing job and continues to grow. Offensively, we need to continue to improve on confidence and ball movement. All in all, we are happy with the play of the team and look to keep improving as the season progresses. It doesn't get any easier, as we face Union on Monday, but it gives us a chance to work on getting better all around."
Union is the powerhouse of the Four Rivers Conference, but coach Moreland hopes it will provide a good learning experience.
"Winning the easy ones feels good, but learning from the hard losses will make you a champion in the end," said the St. James assistant coach.