Bruised and shorthanded, the Illini Bluffs boys soccer team found enough in the tank Wednesday to defeat Orion-Sherrard 3-2.
“We got a good win even though we’re struggling with five injuries,” said Illini Bluffs coach Gerard Smith.
Most notable of the injured players, Smith said, is Nolan Rademaker, who is out with a concussion. Smith said Rademaker will miss at least one more game after sitting out the Tigers’ previous two games, both losses.
“We need to get healthy so we can have a run in the state playoffs,” Smith said.
Cam Scott scored twice against Orion-Sherrard and Reid Sondgeroth had Illini Bluffs’ other goal. Tigers goalie Ben Krumpe made seven saves.
Goals by Scott and Sondgeroth, both unassisted, put Illini Bluffs (7-4) ahead 2-0 just eight minutes into the game. Orion-Sherrard rallied to make it 2-2 in the second half on goals by Arden Clauss and Caleb Springer.
Scott’s goal at 68 minutes, assisted by Sondgeroth, was the game-winner.
IVC 4, PEKIN 0: One of the area’s hottest boys soccer teams beat Pekin on Wednesday at Coal Miners Park.
Visiting Chillicothe IVC kept its perfect season alive with a 4-0 win over the Dragons. The Grey Ghosts are 14-0.
“They’re better than us, but playing back-to-back games with a few injuries didn’t help,” said Pekin coach Gus Kormah, whose team lost 3-1 Tuesday night at Washington.
Seth Krull, IVC’s all-time goal-scoring leader, scored the Grey Ghosts’ first goal against Pekin. Krull has 32 goals this season and 94 in his career.
Conner Graham, Jonah Bergman and foreign exchange student Diego Inostroza also scored for IVC against Pekin, all unassisted.
IVC goalie Mason Gess made five saves in recording the shutout. Pekin goalie Jon Haller made nine saves.
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