Tired of playing in rain, wind, cold and mud, the Pekin girls soccer team went inside Tuesday.

The Dragons defeated visiting Canton 4-0 in a Mid-Illini Conference game played in the Avanti’s Dome instead of at Coal Miners Park.

“We wanted to get this one in,” said Pekin coach Edgar Sandoval.

The last time the Dragons played a game in the Avanti’s Dome was 2013, against Limestone.

Playing in the dome Tuesday was not necessarily advantageous for Pekin (4-2, 1-1).

“The field there isn’t as big as outdoor fields,” Sandoval said. “We like to spread out and kick the ball around, so a smaller field is challenging for us.”

Pekin scored all four of its goals against Canton in the first 12-plus minutes.

Jenna Martin got things going at 5:45, assisted by Morgan Haynes. After an own goal (6:37), Alex Bassen scored a pair of unassisted goals (11:12 and 12:43).

“Alex is playing very well,” Sandoval said. “She’s controlling the tempo of the game at midfield.”

Pekin’s reserves played the rest of the first half after the four goals were scored and they played most of the second half.

Getting bench players some game action is important. You never know when they’ll be needed.

Pekin center back Tayler Scally, a four-year starter and two-time all-sectional selection, is sidelined for two weeks because of an ankle injury she suffered last week against Moline. As of Tuesday, she was still on crutches.

“It will be center back by committee until Tayler plays again,” Sandoval said. “We hope she’ll be back for our game at Morton (April 17).”

Pekin goalies Paige Smith and Alison McCabe split the shutout against Canton, combining for three saves. Canton goalie Brooke Henry needed to make 16 saves.

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