IVC soccer falls in Regional

Justin Miller
Sam Wang tries to steal the ball from a Monmouth Roseville player in the Regional.

The Illinois Valley Central soccer team started the Regional Thursday by taking down Bloomington Central Catholic, 2-0, at home.

Throughout the first half, both teams had opportunities to score but neither was able to capitalize on them, and the teams headed into halftime tied at zero.

Ten minutes into the second half, Cole Wilton found a hole in the Bloomington defense and launched a pass to Alex Bernardi.

Bernardi then raced toward the goal and blasted in the first score of the postseason to put IVC up, 1-0.

Seven minutes later, Sam Wang took the ball unassisted and sped past Bloomington defenders to put IVC up, 2-0.

The Ghost defense held strong and prevented Bloomington from scoring.

Goaltender Blake Smith made five saves in the game to keep Bloomington scoreless.

On Saturday, the team hosted Monmouth Roseville in the semifinals of the Regional.

Fourteen minutes into the game, the Titans scored the game’s first goal on a penalty kick.

Not even a minute later, the Ghosts answered the call when Wilton took the ball and weaved through Monmouth defenders to fire in a goal that tied the game at one.

With 14 minutes left in the half, the Titans took a 2-1 lead when they scored on another penalty kick.

Down by one with 20 minutes left, the Ghosts tied the game at two when Connor

Bogner unselfishly sent a pass to Wilton, who took advantage by quickly sending in a goal.

Eight minutes later, the Titans responded with a goal of their own.

The Ghosts were unable to answer with another goal, despite great hustle.

Monmouth won, 3-2, to end the Ghosts’ season.

Smith made a valiant eight saves for the Ghosts as he tried to pick up the team’s defense.

Monmouth went on to play Peoria Christian for the Regional title Tuesday.

The Ghosts finish the season with a record of 10-5-4.