It wasn’t a particularly good weekend in Iowa for the Pekin girls soccer team.
The Dragons lost the three games they played Friday and Saturday in the Tournament of Champions in Burlington, Iowa, scoring just one goal.
After a 3-0 loss to Wisconsin power Waunakee, Pekin fell 2-0 to Quincy and 2-1 to Jefferson City (Mo.).
McKenzie Cupi scored Pekin’s lone goal of the tournament, at 34:46 of the Jefferson City game, which tied the contest at 1-1.
The Dragons (9-7) were without two of their top offensive players for much of the weekend. Each was injured in the Waunakee game.
Maddy Cash (head) missed the last two tournament games and Morgan Haynes (eye) did not play against Quincy.
“Maddy and Morgan are two of our most consistent attackers,” said Pekin coach Edgar Sandoval. “Without them, we didn’t generate a lot of chances.”
Sandoval said the Dragons faced comparable competition when they went up against Quincy and Jefferson City and defended well the entire tournament.
“We went to Iowa to be challenged in preparation for the (state) playoffs and we accomplished that goal,” he said.
Pekin travels to Metamora on Tuesday for a crucial Mid-Illini Conference game. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m.
IRISH TRIUMPH: The Peoria Notre Dame girls soccer team completed a three-game sweep of the Adidas Bracket of the Tournament of Champions with two more wins Saturday to go with a victory Friday.
The Irish (14-3) opened the day with a victory in penalty kicks against Arlington Heights St. Viator. The two teams battled to a scoreless tie after regulation. Both teams failed to score on their first penalty kicks, before each connected on the second try.
Senior midfielder Kaitlyn Lamb scored ND’s first goal and sophomore forward Bridget Taylor gave the Irish a 2-1 lead. After a Viator shot went wide, Tori Timerman scored the game-winner to give Notre Dame a 3-1 penalty kick win.
In the bracket final, Taylor scored just 3:28 into the action off a Tegan Timerman assist in a 1-0 victory against Columbia (15-3). Keeper Leah Anderson recorded the shutout with three saves.
Steve Stein can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @SpartanSteve. The Peoria Journal Star contributed to this report.