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Collinsville routs Edwardsville for its largest win in rivalry since 2008


Edwardsville Intelligencer | 9/20/2023


Two overtime periods and penalty kicks after 80 minutes of tied soccer were needed to determine a winner the first time the Edwardsville Tigers and Collinsville Kahoks met this season.

That wasn’t the case Tuesday.

The Kahoks picked up goals from four different players on the way to a 4-1 victory over the Tigers in Southwestern Conference action inside the District 7 Sports Complex.

“Every once in a while, these things happen,” said EHS coach Mark Heiderscheid, whose team won 3-2 in the first meeting on August 29. “Collinsville has a good team and they have the ability to break teams down one on one.”

It was Collinsville’s most lopsided win over Edwardsville since a 3-0 victory on September 25, 2008, inside the District 7 Sports Complex.

“We did a lot of things correct tonight. If we can continue to do that, I’m super excited for the year,” Collinsville coach Robert Lugge said.

EHS is now 8-4-1, including 4-2 in the SWC for a second-place tie with Collinsville behind front-runner O’Fallon at 6-1.

The Tigers are winless in their last three, going 0-2-1 with a 2-1 loss to Belleville West in PKs on Thursday and a 2-2 tie to Marquette Catholic on Saturday.

Collinsville is 5-4, including 4-2 in the SWC.

“Over the last week and a half, we have started to put things together. To be able to do it here on this field against them, it was an effort from everybody,” Lugge said. “You could feel the excitement in the air.”

The Kahoks got on the scoreboard first in the 15th minute when an unmarked Juan Carlos Doria made it 1-0 on a header off a cross from Adam Reiniger in the 15th minute. Reiniger won the ball near the end line and quickly fed a cross in front for the streaking Carlos Doria, who scored his fourth of the season.

It was just the start Collinsville was hoping to get in Edwardsville.

“That was huge,” Lugge said. “The longer a conference game is tied, the more stressful they become. To get that goal, it eased some of the anxiety. It was a huge plus for us.”

Reiniger made it 2-0 in the 46th minute on a tremendous individual effort.

After getting a pass from Sam Garofalo near midfield, Reiniger split a pair of EHS defenders before unleashing a laser from 25 yards out into the corner of the goal.

Reiniger, who has eight goals this season, had 23 goals last season on the way to earning All-State status.

“Adam is Adam and he is going to score goals,” Lugge said.

Garofalo earned his second assist 11 minutes later when he worked his way into the middle of the field to the top of the 18-yard box before finding Trey Peterson, who made it 3-0 with a low shot inside the far post in the 57th minute.

According to Lugge, it was a well-earned goal by Peterson, who has three goals this season.

“Trey has finally started to show that offensive threat,” Lugge said. “The good thing about Trey is that he is willing to work as hard as he can defensively. He has bounced around from position to position the last couple of weeks due to injury. He has been lights out.”

Collinsville continued to pressure and went ahead 4-0 in the 66th minute on Chris Munoz’s goal from 30 yards out. Munoz won a ball in the middle of the field, turned and hit a left-footed shot that sneaked just under the crossbar. It was his first goal of the season.

Four different goal scorers turned out to be a recipe for success for the Kahoks.

“We have a lot of offensive talent. We’re starting to put it together at the right time,” Lugge said.

Staring at their first four-goal loss since a 4-0 defeat at the hands of the CBC Cadets on September 26, 2011, the Tigers broke up the shutout in the 77th minute when Jack Kirgan scored to make it 4-1. Kirgan took a long pass and touched it around the keeper before blasting a shot into an unoccupied net.

Kirgan’s goal came on one of the few opportunities created by EHS, which finished with all five of the game’s corner kicks.

“We had lots of possession … the creativity in the front part was stymied by them and we didn’t get the shots,” Heiderscheid said.

The three-goal loss at home was the second in as many seasons for Edwardsville. Belleville East beat EHS 3-0 last year inside the District 7 ... Click here to read full article