Boys second at Pekin Invite

Justin Miller

It was a busy weekend, yet exciting weekend, for the IVC boys varsity soccer team.

On Friday and Saturday, the IVC boys varsity soccer team participated in the Pekin Invitational Tournament.

The first game was played on Friday against Olympia.

The Ghosts played a close, defensive battle, led by the strong play at goalie by Nolan Wilson.

IVC freshman forward Marty Heredia scored the Ghosts only goal as they went on to tie Olympia 1-1.

On the first of two games for the Ghosts on Saturday, IVC played Illini Bluffs bright and early at 9 a.m.

The Ghosts played a strong game offensively as Heredia scored two goals and sophomore defender Josh Reginald scored one goal on the way to a 3-0 shutout.

In the third and final game of the tournament for the Ghosts, IVC played host school Pekin.

The Ghosts had another close game as they tied the Dragons, 2-2.

IVC freshman midfielder Alex Olivera scored both goals for the Ghosts against Pekin.

After their one win and two ties over the weekend, IVC finished second in the tournament.

“The best way to describe our performance is inconsistent,” first-year coach Patrick Sell said about the tournament. “We have a young group of guys learning to play and to play with each other. They have times where they show a lot of potential, but they also have mental lapses where they don’t play good soccer.”

IVC’s next game is at home on Thursday against Roanoke-Benson at 6 p.m.