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EDWARDSVILLE – Rileigh Kuhns has made an impact for Edwardsville's girls' soccer team in the early stages of the season.

Kuhns, a sophomore, has scored in each of the Tigers' first four matches of the season; her goals have helped lead EHS to a 3-0-1 mark on the year, including the winning goal Saturday afternoon in the Tigers' 2-0 win over Belleville West in the Metro Girls Cup Nike Bracket title match.

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Kuhns was named the tournament's MVP following Saturday's win.

Getting the chance to play on the varsity team this year is a thrill for Kuhns. “It's really exciting,” Kuhns said following Wednesday's 1-1 draw with Waterloo. “I was really happy to learn I was on varsity; it's awesome that I'm getting to play a lot of minutes.”

Kuhns had the only goal for the Tigers in Wednesday's draw with the Bulldogs; she scored on a bad-angle shot that gave Edwardsville the lead until the Bulldogs scored in the 68th minute to produce a drawn result. “It was like a crazy goal,” Kuhns said. “I think I got lucky with that one; it was a hard angle to shoot from.”

As for goals she's set for herself this year, Kuhns would like to top Abby Crabtree's single-season goals mark. “Abby Crabtree has the highest goals scored in a season,” Kuhns said. “That would be awesome, by the end of my high school career, to beat that.”

The Tigers host Villa Duschene Wednesday evening and head to Collinsville for a Thursday night Southwestern Conference match.

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