The Geneseo soccer team finished the regular season with a 20-1-1 record the most regular season wins in school history and started postseason play against LaSalle-Peru.

The Geneseo soccer team finished the regular season with a 20-1-1 record the most regular season wins in school history and started postseason play against LaSalle-Peru.

Rock Island at Geneseo

The Lady Leafs rolled the Rocks winning 7-0 at the Geneseo Soccer Pitch in the regular season finale on May 9.

Rachel Daniels scored with an assist by MaKenzie Thompson in the third minute of the match to establish an early lead.

Daniels scored again to lift Geneseo to a 2-0 lead by halftime.

In the second half, Geneseo broke the game open quickly with Keeli Frerichs scoring with an assist from Daniels.

Daniels found the back of the net just a few minutes later, and Taylor DeSplinter scored a goal with an assist from Daniels.

Jenah Hart scored with an assist from Sydney Anast to pad Geneseo’s lead, and DeSplinter scored another second-half goal.

Geneseo finished the season with the most wins since the 2016 season when Geneseo made its first elite eight appearances.

Class 2A LaSalle-Peru Regional Semifinal

Geneseo vs. LaSalle-Peru

The Lady Leafs dominated possession of the ball and took control of the match from the opening touch during their 9-0 demolishing of the Lady Cavaliers at the LaSalle-Peru Sports Complex on May 14.

Daniels scored a pair of goals in the opening five minutes, and Brooke Harms scored a pair of goals to take a 4-0 lead 15 minutes into the match.

Geneseo’s aggressiveness to the ball allowed the Lady Leafs (21-1-1) to immediately shut down any Lady Cavaliers possessions.

The Lady Leafs’ midfielders kept finding holes through the L-P defense even when they started to pack all 11 players into the box on defense.

A senior midfielder, Sydney Anast helps guide the offense by threading passes to constantly keep Geneseo’s offense on the attack.

“You look where you’re defended and make a pass,” Anast said. It’s not all about making the easiest pass. It’s about making the right pass.”

Daniels scored another goal with an assist from Jenah Hart, and MaKenzie Thompson found the back of the net with an assist from DeSplinter.

Mya Jackson fired in a long-range score, and Daniels put away two more goals.

GHS’ Lauren Pardoe and Cadence Talbert shared time in net during the shutout, and Talbert tallied Geneseo’s only save in the game.

Despite Geneseo’s defense being rebuilt to start the season, the Lady Leafs have been nearly unbreakable recording their 18th shutout of the season.

Elizabeth Maciejewski was asked to come in and start when Elaina Hines suffered an injury in Geneseo’s fourth game of the season.

A freshman, Maciejewski felt the pressure of trying to immediately play up to Hines standard.

Maciejewski’s experience playing high-level club soccer in the Chicago area allowed her to seamlessly step in and make an impact.

“We work together well and we support each other,” Maciejewski said. “When one of us makes a mistake the other picks up the slack. Our work together is what creates those shutouts.”

Geneseo (1) will meet Morris (6) in the Class 2A LaSalle-Peru Regional Championship game at the LaSalle-Peru Sports Complex on Friday, May 17 at 5 p.m.

The winner of the LaSalle-Peru Regional championship will play the against the winner of the Peoria Notre Dame Regional in the Galesburg sectional on Tuesday, May 21 at 6 p.m.