JACKSONVILLE — Round 1 is in the books at the Jacksonville Class 2A Regional Tournament. And while the results set up the expected title showdown between Civic Memorial and Jersey, the preparation for Saturday’s final will no doubt be a bit different than either head coach anticipated.

Jersey shut out host Jacksonville 2-0 and CM blanked Gillespie 9-0 in Tuesday night’s semis. But Jersey had to do it a player short for more than half of the game after Ethan Snider received a pair of first-half yellow cards.

Snider, a forward, was carded twice for the same offense - running into Jacksonville goalie Tyler Pool. The yellow cards meant the Panthers played a player short and that Snider must sit out Saturday’s 5 p.m. championship game.

“I could see a verbal warning or maybe even a card on the first one,” Jersey coach Scott Burney said, “but the second one, I thought was a free and clear ball.”

Snider, who has 14 goals and five assists, received his first yellow card 5:30 into the game. After sitting out the next 13 minutes, he received his second in the 20th minute.

“It will definitely change the angle of attack (Saturday),” Burney said. “We’ll probably be more heavy on one side. Somebody will step up (Saturday) and do a great job for us.”

The Saturday championship game will be the third matchup between the two area Mississippi Valley Conference rivals in less than a month. The first two league games were won by CM, 3-2 on Oct. 3 in Jerseyville and 2-0 last Wednesday in Bethalto.

“We always look forward to playing coach (Derek) Jarman’s teams at CM,” Burney said. “He does a really good job there and he’s got a very good team this year.”

The Panthers (17-7) scored both goals after Snider’s departure.

In the 32nd minute, Jacob Liles gave Jersey a 1-0 lead after he took a pass on left wing from Cody Miller and placed the ball in the upper right corner. Just before halftime, Kribs gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead took a corner service from Zachary Schaeffer and headed the ball past Pool.

The Panthers controlled much of the midfield play and the defense kept pressure off goalie Quinn Snider, who made four saves.

“Playing a man down didn’t really affect the defense,” Burner said. “Since Snider runs up top with Kribs, we were missing a forward, but our midfield and defense remained intact.”

Kribs’ goals was his 39th of the season, good for the top scoring spot in the St. Louis area. He also has 14 assists.

“We tell the players that no matter who we play, to just get us there to the championship game,” Burney said. “That’s what they have done.

““We’ll see what we can do.”

CM 9, Gillespie 0 - Bryce Davis and Parker Scottberg each scored a pair of goals and the Eagles rolled past Gillespie in the opening semifinal.

“We had a good practice yesterday moving the ball and trying to do the right things in case Gillespie came out with a lot of players behind the ball,” CM’s Jarman said.

And that’s just what the Miners did, playing with most players back and hoping for a quick counter-attack. It was a counter-attack that never materialized.

“We fought the wind early and got a goal to put pressure on them,” said Jarman, whose team is 18-7. “I was proud of our kids for relaxing and just focusing on the moment.”

The Eagles scored five times in the first half against the Miners, who closed their season at 6-14-2.

Nic Vaughn opened the scoring in the eighth minute from a Christian Cox assist. A minute later, Aslan Henderson, from a Lucas Ambrose assist, made it 2-0. And three minutes later, it was 3-0 after Cox scored from a Henderson assist.

“I thought Aslan and Brayden Zyung got it going early for us with movement and fighting for the ball,” Jarman said. “We had a good game plan coming in and we executed it.”

Scottberg scored in the 17th minute to make it 4-0 after an assist from Henderson. Davis scored from a Scottberg assist in the 27th minute to make it 5-0 at halftime.

In the second half, Scottberg scored in the 42nd minute from a Davis assist. Three minutes later, Davis scored to make it 7-0, assisted by Ambrose.

The Davis goal put the IHSA mercy rule into effect, cutting the remaining time in half.

The Eagles got a goal from Robbie Kitzmiller in the 47th minute, assisted by Ben Wertz. Nick Fiorino capped the scoring in the 50th minute, assisted by Ryan Halley.

“This is a resilient group that’s fired up to practice,” Jarman said, “so it’s great to show up to the field on game days.

“We were able to move guys around tonight and get rested up to get ready for the championship.”