Lily Ghere and Faith Niebrugge scored four goals apiece to lead Mattoon to a non-conference 9-1 victory over visiting Danville on Monday afternoon in girls soccer.
Both Ghere and Niebrugge now have 23 goals. Mattoon has outscored its opponents 55-13. Ghere also has a team-best 13 assists while Niebrugge has nine and both Berkley Howell and Callan Haldorsen have four.
Mattoon, now 7-2, travels to take on Mahomet, which holds a half-game lead over the Green Wave and Mt. Zion in the Apollo Conference. (See standings below) Kick off is 5 p.m.
Ghere scored twice early to put the Green Wave ahead seven minutes into the game, first putting in a shot on an assist from Niebrugge and then bending a shot into the net off a corner kick a minute later.
After Danville scored on a corner kick to pull within 2-1 a few minutes later, Niebrugge chased down a pass from Ghere that slipped behind the defense and beat the goalkeeper in the near post to make it 3-1. The junior forward then converted on a pass from Howell.
Ghere and Niebrugge each added another goal before halftime on assists by Gabby Ray and Taylor Kovach to give Mattoon a 6-1 advantage.
Just 30 seconds into the second half, Ghere converted a penalty kick for her fourth goal of the game. Niebrugge added her fourth goal four minutes later after receiving a throw-in from Haldorsen.
Mattoon’s final goal came when Piper Sanders was fouled in the penalty box with one minute remaining. Marley Van Hoveln finished the penalty kick to make it 9-1.