Grey Ghosts soccer wins one, ties two

Justin Miller
Cody Cox tries to steal the ball from a Peoria Christian Charger Saturday.

The Illinois Valley Central soccer team started the week by dominating Ottawa, 5-0, Sept. 6 at home.

“The key to this week was focus and finishing,” coach Pat Sell said. “That’s what the team did against Ottawa. They came out focused and ready to play.”

Keegan Gauwitz put the Ghosts in the lead when he blasted in the game’s first goal off an assist from Alex Bernardi only four minutes into the game.

Bernardi would record the next goal when he sent the ball home on a penalty kick.

“I think we need to realize that we are a team that is a good team, but we are not a team that is good enough to come out and go through the motions,” Sell said. “We also need to improve every aspect because we have an inexperienced team. If we work hard in practice, then we could be a team that gives other teams trouble near the end of the season.”

Four minutes later, Conner Bogner took the ball, unassisted, and cut through the Ottawa defense to put IVC up, 3-0.

Another four minutes passed before Bernardi pushed the ball down field and added another goal to the Ghost lead.

The final goal of the game, and the half, came in the 34th minute when Bernardi took a Gauwitz assist and sent in the Ghosts last goal.

The team hosted Illini Bluffs Thursday and tied at one.

“That was the polar opposite of what we wanted to do,” Sell said. “Even though we were focused and came out and got a goal to start the game. I think anytime you come out and get a goal in the first three minutes, the team can think it’s going to be an easy team and started to kind of go through the motions.”

The Ghosts’ goal came quick when Bernardi launched in a goal off a penalty kick in the third minute of the game.

Illini Bluffs scored nine minutes before the end of the half, and neither team could find the net in the second half.

The team played Peoria Christian on the road Saturday and tied at two.

The Chargers started the scoring when they sent in a goal in the 10th minute to take the lead.

Eight minutes later, Bernardi took the ball, unassisted, and zipped his way through the Chargers to tie the game.

Neither team would score again in the half.

Fifteen minutes into the second half, Peoria Christian’s offense moved the ball into Ghost territory and bounced a goal in off the front goal post to take the lead.

The Ghosts then took control and began to push the game to the Charger side of the field, taking shots at goal and getting the Charger goalkeeper off guard.

In the 65th minute, IVC’s effort paid off.     

The team tied the game when Gauwitz shot in a goal off an Alan Parr assist.

The Ghosts next play at 4:15 p.m. Thursday at Dunlap.