The Muscatine girls soccer team hasn't been at full strength in weeks, but it's continued to rack up wins.
Sophomore Raelynn Deleon, the team's second most proficient goal scorer, returned to the lineup after missing the better part of two weeks with a back injury. However, Muscatine's Vada Fridley missed Monday's game to be at a choir concert, but the winning streak continued.
Muscatine never trailed, scoring two goals in the opening 13 minutes on its way to a 2-1 win against Davenport Central at Brady Street Stadium. The Muskies (9-4, 4-3) have now won six in a row, and three of those have come within the Mississippi Athletic Conference.
"We play Central again in two weeks (at regionals) so it was a good test for us to see where we stacked up with them," Muscatine coach Nate Meineke said.
Certainly, the Muskies found out they stack up well with their future postseason opponent, thanks in large part to two early goals. Trinity Christy scored the game's opening goal in the eighth minute, and Macy Connor scored another in the 13th minute.
Both players were playing in different spots due to Fridley's absence, but both played well nonetheless.
"We moved Trinity to the outside and Macy up top," Meineke said. "Macy played very well up top for us. She was able to possess the ball and connect with Rae."
Muscatine will play host to Iowa City Regina Friday at the Muscatine Soccer Complex.
Burlington 5, Muscatine 1: The Muscatine girls tennis team lost five of six singles matches and fell to Burlington at the regional team tournament Tuesday at Muscatine High School.
Ellie Cahill provided the lone win for Muscatine, as the senior beat Burlington's Emily Bloomer, 6-1, 6-3, in No. 1 singles. But the Muskies lost their next five matches to drop the dual.
Muscatine didn't win a set in any of the fives matches it lost. Even so, both Emma Maynard and Maria Engler pushed their opponents in both sets.
Maynard, the Muscatine No. 2 singles player, fell to Grace Breuer, 3-6, 4-6. Engler, Muscatine's No. 5 singles player, fell to Hallie Todd, 5-7, 4-6.
Muscatine will have a day of recovery before heading to Bettendorf Wednesday for districts at 9 a.m. District format requires two doubles teams and two singles players from each team, and Muscatine coach Connie Czerwiec has already decided on her lineup.
Meghan Custis and Alex Sichterman will play singles, while Cahill and Maynard will form one doubles team, and Engler and Elise Finn will form the other.