IVC soccer loses final two games of regular season

Justin Miller

Illinois Valley Central's soccer team started a difficult final week of the regular season with a 3-2 loss at Orion Oct. 3.

"That was really a sad game because we dominated the game, end to end," coach Nizam Wadi said. "We were up 1-0, they tied it, and then we went up 2-1 but ended up losing 3-2 when they scored two goals near the end of the game.

"It was a tough week. I think the kids were thinking more about homecoming than soccer during the week."

IVC received goals from David Wadi and Andrew Hawkins during the game, which would be the only two goals for the Ghosts all week.

"Our forwards had some really nice shots but nothing was going in," Wadi said. "They didn't have too many shots on us but the ones they did have went in. It was a tough loss."

The team finished the regular season with a 4-0 loss to Morton at home Saturday.

"They scored four goals in the opening half," Wadi said. "I challenged the team at halftime to shut them down in the second half and they did. Even though we lost, it was a good game for us to get some good defensive work in during the second half and get ready for the Regional."

The team next plays at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at home in the Regional against Dunlap, giving IVC an 11-day break.

"The challenge is staying fresh for the Regional," Wadi said. "With the 11 days off, we will be able to mend and heal because we have a few injuries. That will help but, at the same time, we need to stay focused.

"We will have an intense training program in place for the first week and then work on specific things in the last four days. We want the team to not lose their edge, and that's tough with this big of a layoff, but that's just the luck of the draw. We will try to make the best of it, and I think we will. The kids have responded really well throughout the season."

The team lost to Dunlap, 4-0, at home Sept. 13.

"I'm sure that they will have that in the back of their minds but we will too," Wadi said. "We know what we have to do to combat them on offense. Last time, they came at us early in both halves and I made some mistakes with the lineups in both halves, which they took advantage of and scored early in those halves.

"We have to get the kids ready to attack early in the game and put Dunlap on their heels. It is going to come down to execution. It is good that we will meet them again and hopefully we will have the right results this time."