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Jackson and Notre Dame girls soccer to face off in district quarterfinals

Jackson senior Abbey Klund scored four of the Indians five goals last week. Photo by Jay Forness

Last season, Jackson and Notre Dame faced off for the Class 4 District 1 Championship as the Indians came away victorious by a score of 2-0. This year, though, the two teams will compete two rounds earlier for a district quarterfinal matchup this Saturday at Oakville.

This was due to Jackson (19-3) being seeded third in this year’s tournament, while the Bulldogs (11-4-1) earned the No. 6 seed. Tournament host Oakville (10-4-1) was given the top seed, while Lindbergh (12-8) is No. 2 and Seckman (8-5) earned the fourth seed and Northwest (11-8) is the No. 5 seed.

By also being SEMO Conference opponents, Notre Dame and Jackson faced off earlier this season as the Indians won a 1-0 thriller over the Bulldogs back on April 4.

Scoring for Jackson was junior forward Justi Nelson, while the game was also one of 10 shutouts on the season for the Indians defense and senior goalkeeper Brooke Gerau.

In fact, Jackson has yet to allow a goal since April 19 when the Indians beat Northwest 2-1 and have outscored their last five opponents by a combined total of 19-0 for five-straight shutouts.

One of the teams the Indians shutout were district opponents Seckman by a score of 1-0 as senior Abbey Klund came up with the goal. Assisting Klund for the score was sophomore Lauren Marchi.

Klund followed that game-winning goal performance up with a hat trick in Jackson’s 4-0 win over Cape Central (10-9). Nelson scored the other goal for the Indians, while freshman Mia Becker, senior Emma Shields and freshman Summer Stroder each had one assist.

Notre Dame is 4-1 in its last five games as the only contest the Bulldogs dropped was to Perryville (14-2-1) by a score of 1-0. Three of those games were shutouts in favor of Notre Dame, with the last being a 6-0 win over St. Vincent (9-9-1).

Leading the Bulldogs are seniors forward Allie Buchheit, midfielders Sydney Buchheit and Victoria Hurley, senior defender Kathryn Taylor and senior goalkeeper Isabel Knaup.

The winner of Saturday’s quarterfinal between Jackson and Notre Dame will either face Lindbergh or No. 7 seed Fox (11-8) on Monday in the district semifinals.

Nick McNeal covers high school sports, college sports and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Cape Girardeau County for the past five years. He can be reached at cbjsports@socket. net.

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