Young soccer team gets good start

Justin Miller
Make way: Alex Bernardi powers his way past an Ottawa defender. IVC won, 5-0.

The varsity boys soccer team is starting off hot on offense and defense.

On Sept. 2, the Grey Ghosts took on Ottawa in a thrilling home match.

The Ghosts put on yet another strong offensive show, racking up five points during the game.

IVC midfielder Matt Welch put up two goals for the game, as did fellow midfielder Alex Olivera.

Defender Will Carruthers added one goal of his own during the IVC victory.

IVC goalie Nolan Wilson looked strong, giving up only two goals for the game.

 The Ghosts would go on to beat Ottawa by a score of 5-2.

“This is a positive start for the conference defend,” said first-year coach Patrick Sell. “We’re getting a lot of growth from our young players and are becoming cohesive as a team. We’re moving in the right direction.”

Thursday’s game against Roanoke-Benson was rained out and will be made up at home at 4:15 p.m. Oct. 9 for the JV team and 6 p.m. for the varsity team.

What is so exciting about this great start by the varsity soccer team is that there are only one senior and three juniors on the team, boding well for the future.

Many key players, including goalie Wilson, are still only freshman but are playing at a highly competitive level for their younger and relatively inexperienced ages.

If the younger players can keep up this trend of very strong play, and continue to grow and develop, then they could look to be a very dominant team over the next few years.

As it is, the team and fans are riding high off the early success of the season, but both know that there is still work to be done and improvements to be made.

They played yesterday at Mendota and will face off at Illini Bluffs Thursday, and against Peoria Christian at home at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.