Soccer routs Raiders

Justin Miller

When the Grey Ghosts’ boys varsity soccer team took the field Monday night, they put on quite the show.    

On Monday, Illinois Valley Central’s varsity boys soccer team kicked off its first season under first-year head coach Patrick Sell with an impressive 5-1 win over the East Peoria Raiders.

The first half was all IVC, as the Grey Ghosts’ defense completely shut down the Raiders’ offense, giving up no goals until midway through the second half.

Freshman goalkeeper Nolan Wilson had five saves in the first half, including a spectacular, diving block at the end of the first half to rob East Peoria’s midfielder Brent Wilcoxson of the Raiders’ first goal.

Offensively, the Ghosts were led by the spectacular play of senior forward Marty Heredia, who is well on his way to having a standout season.

Heredia scored the first of his four goals three minutes into the half over East Peoria’s goalkeeper, John Regan.

Then, 20 minutes into the first half, Heredia scored his second goal of the night over Regan on a free kick for an East Peoria handball violation.

The second half started out much like the first half, with Heredia leading the charge offensively and a strong collective defensive effort.

Seven minutes into the second half, Heredia scored his third goal of the game against the Raiders.

Twenty minutes into the second half, East Peoria’s forward Alex Cline broke up the Ghosts’ shutout, as he scored the Raiders’ only goal on Wilson.

Nine minutes later, the Ghosts answered back as junior forward Chris Olivera scored IVC’s fourth goal of the night.

Both team’s defenses would play hard and efficiently until the last play of the night, when Heredia scored his fourth goal of the game on a buzzer-beating kick to put the finishing touch on a blowout win by the Ghosts.

The IVC boys varsity soccer team looks to continue their success in its next game, which is against Limestone at home at 6 p.m. Wednesday.