Grey Ghost soccer loses last two games

Justin Miller
Illinois Valley Central goalkeeper Blake Smith leaps to make a save against the Morton Potters Saturday.

With only two games left in the season, the Illinois Valley Central soccer team closed the season with two tough losses.

“We had a difficult week for the second week in a row,” coach Pat Sell said. “We have struggled with bringing the type of energy needed to defeat top level competition.”

The Ghosts headed to Orion Wednesday but lost, 2-0.

Only 11 minutes into the game, the Ghosts fell behind, 1-0.

Twelve minutes later, Orion racked up another goal that would ice the game.

Goalkeeper Blake Smith made six saves for the game.

On Saturday, the team hosted Morton in the final game of the year.

Before the game, seniors Jason Batek, Cole Wilton, Brad Schreiner, Tyler Hoffman, Jared Carroll, Matt Welch, Braden McIntyre, Austin Wilhelm and Smith were honored for their hard work and dedication to the IVC soccer program.

Two minutes into the game, the Potters fired in a goal that gave them a 1-0 lead.

In the 16th minute, Morton added another goal and, six minutes later, shot in another that put them up, 3-0.

The Potters added two more goals in the first half, and one more in the second to give them a 6-0 victory.

Smith made nine saves for the game.

The Ghosts (9-4-4) next play in the Regional Saturday at IVC.

“For us to have success in the playoffs, we will need to compete for 80 minutes or longer and play with a sense of urgency, which has not been seen since our Metamora game,” Sell said.