Soccer team takes down LaSalle

Justin Miller
Fight to the finish: IVC senior Matt Welch battles for the ball for the Grey Ghosts with a defender from LaSalle-Peru.

The Illinois Valley Central soccer team started a week of ups and downs when they lost to Bloomington Central Catholic, 3-1, at home Sept. 28.

Eleven minutes into the game, Bloomington scored first when one of their strikers took the ball unassisted and fired it in.

With eight minutes left in the half, Sam Wang and Cole Wilton launched a pass to Alex Bernardi, who outmaneuvered the Bloomington defenders and launched in the game’s tying goal.

Only 14 minutes into the second half, the same Bloomington striker sped past the IVC defense and shot in a goal to take a 2-1 lead.

Three minutes later, another member of Bloomington iced the game with an unassisted goal that gave them the victory.

Despite giving up three goals, the Ghost defense played a strong game.

Goalkeeper Blake Smith made a spectacular 11 saves.

The Ghosts redeemed the loss Saturday when they took down LaSalle-Peru at home, 3-1.

With five minutes left in the first half, the Ghosts were awarded a penalty kick.

Braden McIntyre capitalized on the opportunity and put the Ghosts up, 1-0.

Four minutes later, Jason Batek found a hole in the LaSalle defense and made a pass to McIntyre, who again took advantage of the LaSalle goalkeeper and sent IVC to halftime with a 2-0 lead.

LaSalle was awarded a penalty kick on a questionable call near the start of the second half, and cut the Ghost lead to 2-1.

The Ghosts were six minutes from a victory when Keegan Gauwitz, up from the junior varsity team, exploited a hole in LaSalle’s defense and fired the ball to Wilton, who gave the Ghosts a 3-1 victory.

IVC (9-2-4) next plays at noon Saturday at home against Morton on senior night.

Seniors Matt Welch, Austin Wilhelm, Brad Schreiner, Tyler Hoffman, Smith, McIntyre, Batek and Wilton will be honored before the game for their commitment to the program.