Lady Ghosts hit tough week

Justin Miller
Adrianna Ramirez tries to get the ball past the Morton Potters at home Saturday.

The Illinois Valley Central Lady Ghost soccer team started another difficult week, in which they were outscored 22-1, by losing to Dixon, 3-0, at home April 4.

“This was a very difficult week,” coach Pat Sell said. “Anytime you play Dixon, Mendota, Princeton and Morton in a week, it is going to be tough. Unfortunately, we could not put it together and came away with four losses.”

Eight minutes into the game, Dixon cut through the Ghost defense to blast in the game’s first goal.

Neither team would score in the half and Dixon took a 1-0 lead into halftime and went on to win.

The team headed to take on North Central Illinois Conference rival Mendota April 5 and lost, 6-1.

During the first half, the Ghost defense lapsed in the 24th and 35th minutes of the game and the Trojans held a 2-0 lead at halftime.

Fourteen minutes into the second half, the Trojans pushed their lead to 3-0.

Ten minutes later, Megan Stuff took the ball and sped through the Trojan defenders to fire in the Ghosts’ only goal.

Mendota went on to score three more goals.

“We continue to show improvement and are striving to get back in the win column,” Sell said. “The biggest struggle for the team is playing with the mental fortitude and toughness to compete with the top teams in the area. We have played tough for moments, but have to put a full 80 minutes together.”

IVC headed to North Central Illinois Conference rival Princeton Thursday and lost, 7-0.

The Tigers quickly built a deficit which IVC would not be able to crawl out of by racking up five goals in the first 26 minutes.

The Tigers scored two goals in the second half to win.

The Ghosts lost to Morton, 6-1, at home Saturday.

In the first 32 minutes of the game, the Potters added up five goals to build a hole which IVC was never able to dig out of.

The Ghosts had 14 saves on 19 shots from Morton and took no shots on goal during the game.

IVC (1-6) next play at 7 p.m. Thursday at Metamora.