Soccer still undefeated

Justin Miller

The Ghosts came into last week undefeated, and they left it the same way.

The Illinois Valley Central varsity boys soccer team started off the week strong on defense and offense with a shutout win at Metamora.

The offense played strong and was led with three goals by Chris Olivera, one goal by Matt Welch and one goal by Marty Heredia. The Redbirds added an owned goal to make the game a 6-0 win in favor of IVC.

IVC goalkeeper Nolan Wilson also had a strong game, as he racked up seven saves and kept the Metamora Redbirds out of the goal and off the scoreboard.          

On Saturday, the Ghosts met up with the Galesburg Silver Streaks at Taylor Field in a very physical and hard-hitting battle of unbeaten teams.

The game ended up being one of the Ghosts’ more hotly contested battles, as each team racked up penalties and several players had to leave the game after hard hits and quick plays.

The game started out with an Olivera goal off a Heredia assist with less than 3 minutes into the game.

The Streaks’ star player, Jacob Krishner, answered back with a goal of his own to tie the game at 1.

Four minutes later, Krishner had a chance to put Galesburg ahead with a free kick on a handball violation, but Wilson blocked it, one of his three saves on the day.

With a minute left in the first half, IVC’s midfielder Adam Hicklin put the Ghosts ahead 2-1 with a goal.

Eight minutes into the second half of this hard-fought game, Olivera made a penalty kick off a trip in the box call to make the score 3-1 in IVC’s favor.

The Streaks mounted a late-game comeback as Krishner scored with 5 minutes left and then again with a little under 3 minutes left to make the game of unbeatens a tie.

The varsity boys continue to rack up wins without suffering a loss, as they extended their record to 7-0-4.

“I felt it was a really good statement week, as far as our season goals and where we want to go. It was a stepping stone and we can either go up or down. We’ve got a tough week ahead of us this week,” head coach Patrick Sell said of his unbeaten Ghosts.

The Ghosts took on Sterling last night and play again at 11 a.m. Saturday against Woodruff at IVC.