Both goalies played in the field and scored. Several bench players got valuable playing time.
And the Illini Bluffs soccer team, wearing its new uniforms for the first time, won another game.
The Tigers crushed Canton 7-0 Thursday as starting goalie Cam Scott had three goals and three assists for the Tigers (4-2). Ben Krumpe, Scott’s backup between the pipes, scored his first career goal.
Meanwhile, Nolan Rademaker continued to be a force in the midfield for the Tigers, said Illini Bluffs coach Gerard Smith. Rademaker had a goal and an assist against Canton.
“Nolan has four Division I college programs including Bradley looking at him,” Smith said about the senior.
Owen Green and Krumpe split the shutout in goal against Canton. They combined for three saves.
SLOW START: The Pekin boys soccer team has yet to win a game this season. Or score a goal in its seven games.
The Dragons lost 4-0 Thursday to visiting Peoria Richwoods at Coal Miners Park, falling behind 3-0 at halftime.
Tristan Walker scored twice for the Knights. Isaac Custer and Ulysses Cervantes had Richwoods’ other goals and goalie Jefferson Kohlmer made three saves in recording the shutout.
“We’re short on players. Guys will be back in a week or two,” said Pekin coach Gus Kormah.
CHAMPIONSHIP EFFORT: Reigning Class 1A state champion Emma Argo outdistanced the field by 21 seconds in winning Thursday’s girls cross country nonconference dual meet with host Washington.
Argo covered the course in 18:49, ahead of Washington’s Jadyn Jacobs (19:10).
The Panthers, however, edged Eureka 26-30.
On the boys side, Kyle Johnson from Eureka grabbed the individual title by clocking in a 16:16 effort. Washington also claimed the boys victory 25-33. (GMI)
WRESTLER RANKED: Two area female wrestlers earned spots in a final national high school rankings list for 2017-18.
East Peoria’s Randi Robison and El Paso-Gridley’s Gabrielle Hamilton were included in the National Girls High School Wrestling Rankings released last week. The rankings were compiled by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, USA Wrestling and FloWrestling.
Robison received a No. 15 ranking at 122 pounds, while Hamilton was listed 10th at 180. Both are entering their senior years. (GMI)
WESTERN KICKED: Tristan Bailey of Montana State kicked field goals from 50 and 35 yards in the last eight minutes and the hosts held off Western Illinois 26-23 on Thursday night.
Western Illinois quarterback Sean McGuire was 20-of-31 for 164 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Both of McGuire’s TD tosses went to running back Steve McShane, an 18-yarder in the second quarter and a 2-yarder in the third.
McShane also had a rushing touchdown and finished with 76 yards on 11 carries. Max Norris had 17 carries for 54 yards for WIU (0-1).
Troy Andersen had 24 carries for 145 yards and scored both of the Bobcats’ touchdowns. He had a 14-yard run to tie the game at 13 early in the third quarter, then tied the game at 20-20 at the end of the quarter with a 24-yard trip to the end zone. (GMI)
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Steve Stein can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @SpartanSteve. GateHouse Media Illinois contributed to this report.