Grey Ghosts soccer team splits pair of games for week

Justin Miller
Isabella Beck tries to take the ball from a defender and make a move Thursday.

The Illinois Valley Central girls’ soccer team notched their first win of the season March 29 by taking down Ottawa, 2-0, at home.

“We played with confidence and took advantage of our opportunities,” coach Pat Sell said.

Twenty-five minutes into the game, Jessica Thomas and Megan Stuff made an assist to Aacia Drissi, who blasted the ball past the Ottawa goalkeeper for the game’s first goal.

The team next scored with 17 minutes remaining in the game when Ramirez took the ball unassisted and launched in the game’s final goal.

The team then took on Peoria Christian at home Thursday and lost, 6-0.

Three minutes into the game, the Chargers found a chink in the Ghosts’ defensive armor and took a 1-0 lead.

Nine minutes later, Peoria Christian again exploited the lackluster defense of IVC and sent in the game’s second goal.

Peoria Christian took a 3-0 lead into halftime by scoring a goal with four minutes left in the half.

Peoria Christian shot in three more goals in the second half to win.

“We learned that we just have to keep working hard and stay positive with each other,” Sell said. “If we remember these two simple things, we will be a much tougher team by the end of the year.”

The Ghosts (1-2) next play at 6 p.m. Thursday at the North Central Illinois Conference rival Princeton Tigers.