Illinois Valley Central’s soccer team scored 12 goals against Streator and Canton April 10 and 12 but failed to keep the offensive streak alive April 16 with a 2-0 home loss to Limestone.


Illinois Valley Central’s soccer team scored 12 goals against Streator and Canton April 10 and 12 but failed to keep the offensive streak alive April 16 with a 2-0 home loss to Limestone.

“This week was probably our most consistent and best play of the season,” coach Pat Sell said. “We finally figured out what it takes to win games. That was a game where we played hard and controlled all the statistics except for the one that mattered and that was the two goals they scored.”

Limestone built a 1-0 lead before halftime and extended it after the break with the final goal of the game.

The Ghosts had plenty of scoring chances, taking 11 shots on goal, but the Rocket goaltender played lockdown defense and prevented IVC from getting on the board.

The team hosted East Peoria Thursday and won, 3-1.

“I think that after the results of the Limestone game, we saw what we are capable of doing against teams that are similar to us,” Sell said. “We finally figured out what it takes to put the ball in the net and to win games.”

Bethany Espinosa took an assist from Adriana Ramirez and fired in the game’s first goal in the fourth minute.

Tess Tillia kicked an assist to Ramirez in the 14th minute for the game’s second goal.

After halftime, Sarah Daum took the ball unassisted and sped past Raider defenders to push IVC’s advantage to 3-0.

East Peoria would score one goal near the end of the game but IVC’s lead was never in danger.

The girls tied Central at one Saturday on the road.

Meredith Rashid took an assist from Shae Schmick and put IVC up 1-0 in the 33rd minute but Central tied the game in the second half.

The Ghosts, despite opportunities, could not respond to Central’s goal and the game ended in a tie.

“I think we are learning it’s consistency we need,” Sell said. “It’s a consistency with our focus. We knew Central was going to be a tough opponent but if we came focused like we did against Limestone and East Peoria then we could have won that game. Unfortunately we didn’t focus and Central got a goal and put a lot of pressure on us. With the way we were playing, we were lucky to get a tie.”

The team was scheduled to play Spring Valley Hall Monday at home.

The team plays at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bloomington.

The team next plays at 9 a.m. Saturday at Orion in the Orion Tournament.

“This week will be another good and challenging week,” Sell said. “We have to come out ready to play and play good, solid defense and, when we get a chance, we need to put the ball in the back of the net. We have a good week that will be good preparation for us as we get closer to the playoffs.”