Lady Ghosts soccer wins two for week

Justin Miller
Jessica Thomas makes a kick from the goal for the Ghosts at East Peoria.

The Illinois Valley Central soccer team got back in the win column when it took down Limestone, 1-0, April 18 on the road.

“The team had a pretty good week by picking up wins against Limestone and Streator,” coach Pat Sell said.

Neither team could crack the code of the other’s defense during the first half.

Two minutes into the second half, Aacia Drissi took a pass from Megan Stuff and blasted in the game’s only goal.

Jessica Thomas recorded one save off Limestone’s only shot on goal.

“The team has begun to figure out how to win games and has begun to prepare better mentally and physically,” Sell said.

The Ghosts continued to win when they took Streator down, 3-1, at home Wednesday.

With one minute left in the first half, Megan Stuff sped through the Streator defenders and launched in the game’s first goal.

With nine minutes left in the game, Lindsay Gaskins took the ball and cut through Streator’s defense to push the team’s advantage to 2-0.

Two minutes later, Streator scored its only goal of the game.

Stuff took a pass from Adriana Ramirez in the game’s final minute and fired in the game’s last goal.

The team headed to East Peoria Thursday and lost, 1-0.

“We unfortunately had some injuries this week and were shorthanded for the East Peoria game,” Sell said. “The team learned that everyone must be ready to play and contribute to the win.”

Ten minutes into the second half, East Peoria scored the game’s only goal.

Thomas made seven saves for the Ghosts.

The Ghosts (3-8-1) next play at 9 a.m. Saturday at Orion.

“The team continues to show improvement every game,” Sell said. “Experience was our biggest problem at the beginning of the year. We now have enough games under our belts that we can use examples of the successes of each individual and how to apply that in all games.”