IVC soccer starts season on rough note

Justin Miller
Jessica Thomas plays goalkeeper for the Ghosts March 22 at home against Mendota.

The Illinois Valley Central soccer team had a disappointing start to the season when the Lady Ghosts fell to Mendota at home, 2-0, Thursday.

“It was one where what I heard was that we left a lot to be desired on the field and did not play well,” coach Pat Sell said. Sell missed the game due to the flu.

The Lady Ghosts then fell to Pekin on the road Saturday, 5-0.

“It’s a similar game to the Mendota one,” Sell said. “The difference is that Pekin is a different caliber team than Mendota. They are usually one of the top programs in the area and have set themselves up to be one again. We need to play to the level that we know we can.”

Pekin racked up three goals in the first half, and extended the lead in the second by using quick passes and smart shots.

Goalkeeper Jessica Thomas made a valiant effort in goal for the Ghosts but the strength of the Dragons was too much and the Ghost defense could not offer much help.

The team will have plenty of chances to get back on the right track in the coming week.

The team next plays at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Peoria Christian.

“We only have one direction to go, and that’s up,” Sell said. “What I have discussed with the girls in the last few days is that we need to establish a standard for what is acceptable and then not accept anything less. We all have to do a better job going forward, coaching staff and players.”

The team also plays at 6 p.m. Monday at Dixon.

The team will need the use the chemistry that was developed during practices before the season to rally each other on and off the field.