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The defense never rests

Published: Monday, April 28, 2014 4:14 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, April 28, 2014 4:20 p.m. CDT

COAL CITY — The defense never rests for the Princeton Tigresses soccer team.

The Tigresses (11-7) pitched four shutouts to capture Saturday’s Coal City Tournament championship. Twice they shut out Streator, 6-0 and 3-0, and twice they blanked Coal City 1-0 and 0-0.

“They were good team wins,” PHS coach Ed Young said. “We’re improving as the season plays on. We had great effort and desire to play Coal City in intense matches. There was great pressure to play under, and we overcame and stayed composed.”

Freshman midfielder Sarah Murray was named all-tournament along with senior forward Michelle Kelly. Keeper Kelly Schmidt made 10 saves on goal on the day on the back end of the PHS defense, headed by defenders Ellie Bonucci, Michaela Strom, Liz Stites and Ellise Piper.

Malena Wheeler had two goals to lead the offensive charge in the 6-0 rout over Streator.

Also scoring were Keyena Altizer, Taylor Clark, Michaela Mall and Kelly. Altizer, Mall and Wheeler also had scores in the first game vs. Streator.

Altizer made the only goal that was needed to trip Coal City for the championship in the Tigesses’ second meeting vs. the host Coalers.

Tiger tales: PHS drew the No. 2 seed of its own regional headed by Rock Island Alleman. The regional starts May 13 at the Tiskilwa pitch

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