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Fehrmann Drawing contact — Central senior Allyson Fehrmann works the ball into the offensive zone against the defense of Father McGivney’s Jayde Speight in the first half of the Cougars’ 3-0, postseason win last Wednesday. Fehrmann had two goals. (Photo by Jeremy Chawgo)

    It was a two-year drought, but Mater Dei head soccer coach Jesse Essenpreis and the Lady Knights returned to glory after winning the Class 1A Central Regional title.
    The Lady Knights won five-straight regionals from 2012-2016 before dropping the last two.
    “When you win a few regionals in a row, you think it is just going to happen all of the time,” said Jesse Essenpreis.  “You really enjoy the one when you have not won one in awhile.”
    Mater Dei had no trouble in their semifinal tilt with Salem before having to come back from a 1-goal deficit in their title win over rival Central on Friday.
    Mater Dei defeated Central 4-0 earlier in the season where they also had a 2-2 draw with the Cougars.
    With the win over the Cougars, the Lady Knights moved to the Althoff Regional semifinal where they will face the host Crusaders on Tuesday.
    Mater Dei is now 12-11-2 on the season while Althoff sits at 20-4-1.  The Crusaders defeated Mater Dei 4-1 on April 24.
    Central ended the season with an 8-8-1 record after winning their first six matches.  They dropped eight of their last 11 matches.
    Mater Dei 3, Central 1:  The Cougars got off to a good start before the Lady Knights controlled the final 60 minutes.
    Mater Dei has not dropped a match to the Cougars in 24 matches dating back to a 1-0 win for the Cougars on May 5, 2007.
    Central had a good vibe going on early in the match when they took a 1-0 lead when Cassidy Kretschmer sent a crossing pass to freshman Ocean Reinhardt who sent the ball into the net with 29:07 left on the first-half clock.
    “Marking was a bit of an issue for us today and they made us pay for that right off the bat,” said Mater Dei head coach Jesse Essenpreis.  “They put a nice ball across the box and their girl finished it.  It was a good play by them.”

by Bruce Hixon
for the Breese Journal

MarkusCentral’s Blake Markus (Photo by Bruce Hixon)    
    Only three hundredths of a second separated Columbia’s Donovan Bieber when he nipped Central’s Blake Markus for the Cahokia Conference 100-meter dash championship. As narrow as that margin was, it was even closer in the 200-meter dash when Markus reversed that outcome when he beat Bieber by a mere five thousandths of a second with a school record time of :22.673.
    “It was a little disappointing to come that close and not win it in the 100. I was supposed to run the 800 relay, but asked out. I think that little extra rest may have made the difference for the 200 meters,” said Markus.
    Markus entered the 200-meter dash as the No. 2 seed. Salem’s Logan Rubin entered the race as the No. 1 seed, but fell to fourth behind Markus (:22.673), Bieber (:22.678) and Columbia’s Ronnie Hunsaker (:22.98). The performance by Markus not only won him a Cahokia Conference championship, but also broke the school record of :22.75 set by Nathan Poelker.
    “I feel like I’ve been running pretty well these last couple of weeks. Even though I was the No. 2 seed, I thought I still had a chance to win,” said Markus.
    It was a similar story in the 100-meter dash only this time it was Bieber who posted the slim margin of victory over Markus. Red Bud’s Samuel Carroll came in as the No. 1 seed, but slipped to fifth in the actual race. Markus entered as the No. 2 seed with Bieber No. 3, but this time it was Bieber who crossed the finish line first at :11.33 followed by Markus at :11.36.
    “Blake did a tremendous job. He’s been having some really good times in the 100 and 200 these last few meets so I thought he had a chance to do really well,” said Central coach Jon Howard.

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