IVC soccer advances in Regionals

Drew Veskauf TimesNewspapers
Mitchell George boots one away from an Illini Bluff defender during the play-in Regional game Saturday.

The regular season ended with a tough 8-0 loss to Morton for the IVC varsity boys soccer team, but the year extended for them after a 3-1 win in its first regional match.

The Grey Ghosts, competing in the East Peoria regional had a decisive win over Illini Bluffs Saturday, 3-1.

“We have been improving quite a bit. Early on in the season we relied on individual efforts and now it’s coming together as a team effort,” coach Nolan Wilson said.

Senior Matt Keffeler was the first to find the back of the net just three minutes into the first half. Senior Jack Mellen grounded a pass to Keffeler in the middle for the assist. Keffeler was able to fish the goalie out to give him an open shot.

The Grey Ghost offensive pressured Illini Bluffs the first half and especially in the final three minutes with three consecutive shots on goal.

“We were commanding it. I just wish we could have put a few more in to capitalize on our scoring opportunities,” Wilson said.

The Tigers came out in the second half, and that they did with a goal in the 69th minute to tie the match.

“We’ve been working all week on switching 

the field. The last few games we’ve been struggling taking it in centrally and a lot of teams are figuring out what we’re doing,” Wilson said.

“They kind of took over and commanded the center.”

IVC and Illini Bluffs went into overtime with neither team scoring. A shootout was held and IVC was able to get two in past the Tigers goal keeper.