COLLINSVILLE - Edwardsville High's girls soccer team dominated the possession and played well, scoring twice in the second half as the Tigers won their Southwestern Conference opener 2-0 over Collinsville in a match played Tuesday night at Kahok Stadium.

The win was the second straight to open the season for the Tigers, while the Kahoks have yet to score a goal this season, being outscored in their four losses 11-0. Yet, the win didn't come easy for Edwardsville.

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"Collinsville packed their defense in," said Tigers' head coach Abby Federmann, "and were very disciplined in this strategy. It made it hard for us to get cleaned-up shots. and their keeper (Karly VanDyke) did a great job."

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The Kahok defense played well in keeping the teams goalless at the interval, but in the second half, Edwardsville struck from a free kick. Kylie Peel hit a very well-taken kick that went straight into the back of the net. The goal put the Tigers in front 1-0.

"We were able to adjust our play to look for more scoring options outside the 18-yard box," Federmann said, and the efforts were rewarded with a second goal from Anna Maxim, who accepted a pass from Thea Dimitroff and hit the ball into the Collinsville goal to put the Tigers up 2-0. The Tiger defense took the match the rest of the way to give Edwardsville the three points.

The Tigers are now 2-0, and face another tough road test at O'Fallon Thursday night in a 6:30 p.m. kickoff. Edwardsville then plays at Cor Jesu Academy Catholic in Affton, Mo. Saturday morning in a 10 a.m. start, and then, are off until Apr. 2, with a road game at Belleville West in a 6:30 p.m. kickoff.

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