Chillicothe soccer team ups intensity

Justin Miller
Lindi Fletcher tries to maneuver the ball away from an opponent for IVC.

The Illinois Valley Central girls’ soccer team hit another rough week that started when they lost to Metamora, 3-0, Thursday night.

“We wound up losing 3-0 and unfortunately we made too many mental mistakes,” coach Pat Sell said. “But it was a huge step up in play for our team. They started challenging Metamora near the half and then in the second half they played really well.”

Fourteen minutes into the game, the Redbirds cut their way through the IVC defense to blast in the game’s first goal.

Three minutes later, the Ghosts found themselves down 2-0 when Metamora again took advantage of IVC’s defense to score.

Ten minutes later, Metamora scored the game’s last goal by powering through the Ghost defense and took a 3-0 lead.

The Ghosts had four saves off seven shots from Metamora.

“I think it may be a turning point for us in the season,” Sell said. “The girls played like a completely new team the second half and fought with intensity till the end of the game. Near the end of the game, the girls on the bench were cheering really loudly and getting excited, which is something we hadn’t had before.”

IVC took two shots on goal during the game.

The Ghosts then took on Bloomington Central Catholic at home Saturday and tied at two.

“That was really a tale of two halves,” Sell said. “In the first half, we had the advantage with the wind going with us. In the second half, we tried to just hold on as we were going against the wind, and unfortunately we weren’t able to do that.”

Lindsay Gaskins, 25 minutes into the game, took the ball and tore down the field and blasted in the game’s first goal, unassisted.

Ten minutes later, Gaskins again launched in another unassisted shot and gave IVC a 2-0 lead at halftime.

Nineteen minutes into the second half, Bloomington Central Catholic fired in a goal and tied the game with 17 minutes left.

“This week was really the week where the team started buying into what we have been trying to teach them all year,” Sell said. “They started to play with the intensity that we’ve been expecting out of them.”

The Ghosts (1-7-1) next play at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at East Peoria.