EDWARDSVILLE — One more victory is all that stands between Teutopolis High School and a return trip to the Class 1A state soccer tournament.

Junior forward Michael Brummer continued his remarkable season with a hat trick in Thursday's Metro-East Lutheran (Edwardsville) Sectional semifinal, and Nick Weber scored the other two goals as the Wooden Shoes rolled Lebanon 5-1.

T-town (24-1) returns to Edwardsville Tuesday at 7 p.m., where it will face three-time defending state champion Gibault Catholic School out of Waterloo for the opportunity to get back to Naperville.

Brummer broke a scoreless tie from 15 yards out with 20:41 left in the first half, Teutopolis' first shot on the Lebanon goal after the Greyhounds more or less controlled the middle of the field to that point.

"I wasn't particularly happy with our early play," said T-town coach Josh Cottrill, whose club led 1-0 at the half before running that edge up to 5-0. "I thought we were pressing the middle early on, and it wasn't there. When we realized we could use the whole field, we started to work outside more. That opened up the middle.

"It was another one of those slow start games, but hey . . . it's going alright for us."

Just 2:52 into the second half, Brummer made it 2-0 when he found the right corner of the goal after Mitch Bothwell's corner kick, one of nine second-half corner kick opportunities for the Shoes and the only one resulting in a score.

Less than five minutes later, Brummer extended the lead again as he got behind the Lebanon defense and drilled one home.

Brummer has scored 53 goals and also added his team-leading 16th assist, but so far there hasn't been a postseason opponent able to shut him down.

"Michael just finds a way to get it done," said Cottrill, whose junior standout has found the net 10 times in four postseason matches. "Teams key on him and know who our scorer is. We can't hide him — everybody knows who he is by now — but it's his job to score for us, and he's doing his job pretty well."

Weber's first goal was from 18 yards out on the left thanks to Brummer's nice pass from the center attack area, and the second was a cleanup effort after Brummer missed on a header but brought Greyhound goalkeeper Ryan Essenpreis out of position on a failed attempt to come forward and squelch the initial attack.

T-town's defense also excelled again, just as it did in Tuesday's regional championship.

"It was definitely a similar situation," said Cottrill, looking back on the regional title match. "Lebanon had a kid (Jeremy Moore) that we knew was a kind of their main scorer. We said he was the one we would take care of."

Just as it shut down Greenville's Kyle Dannaman Tuesday, the Wooden Shoe defense held the senior striker Moore down, although it didn't assign one player to shadow him as it did against the Comets.

"We didn't key anybody directly on (Moore) because we didn't know what else they had," said Cottrill. "He got the one goal late, but we were playing some subs by then and getting some other people a chance to play."

Moore's goal did indeed come in garbage time with just 2:15 left; by then Cottrill had pulled his starters, including goalkeeper John Runde.

After the opening minutes, senior midfielder Brian Haskenherm also began to take control for T-town, helping the Shoes wrestle control of the middle of the field away from the Greyhounds.

"Brian is just really good at being where he needs to be all the time," said Cottrill. "He makes the right passes, comes across to pick people up and slows down the other teams' transitions. He's a kid that is just all over the place all the time and still really sets things up for us."

Lebanon was an intense, physical opponent for T-town, whistled for 14 fouls and a late yellow card on junior Tyler Sonsoucie.

"Everybody I talked to said (Lebanon) had a big back line that would try to intimidate us," said Cottrill. "We came out expecting that, and our guys can also be physical at times. We don't get rough and do silly things, but we have guys who can take care of themselves."

Lebanon's season ends at 14-7, while Gibault (11-9-2) ended Litchfield's season at 17-7-1 with a 4-1 win in the evening's opening semifinal.

Litchfield and Gibault took a 1-1 tie into intermission and deep into the second half, and each team finished the match down a player after dual red cards were issued for fighting.

For Litchfield, the casualty was leading scorer Zach Elliot, and the Purple Panthers quickly went down 2-1 before the Hawks doubled their total on two penalty kicks.

"Gibualt is going to be a tough team," said Cottrill. "They have a great reputation and Coach (Jim) Corsi is a great coach.

"I know we can compete with them, though. I'm 100 percent positive of that. If we play our style and do the things we need to do right, we'll be fine."

Dustin White can be reached at 217-347-7151 ext. 123 or dustin.white@effinghamdailynews.com.

Class 1A Metro-East Lutheran (Edwardsville) Sectional

Thursday, Oct. 23

Match 1 —
Gibault Catholic (Waterloo) 4, Litchfield 1

Match 2 — Teutopolis 5, Lebanon 1

Tuesday, Oct. 28

Match 3, 7 p.m. —
Gibault Catholic (Waterloo) vs. Teutopolis (Championship)

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