The Geneseo High School boys' soccer team went 2-0 in conference play this week, and finished the RI Invite with a record of 1-2.
Geneseo vs. LaSalle-Peru
The Leafs made quick work of visiting LaSalle-Peru and sent the GHS seniors out on a high note with an 11-1 victory Oct. 2.
"You could tell the kids were excited, and some of the seniors who don't usually start did," said head coach Ian Kline. "It was great to see the veteran guys work hard for those other guys to get them their time.
Shawn DePauw got Geneseo started with an unassisted goal 30 seconds into the contest.
"We came out and knocked the ball around very nicely, and scored in the first minute, which was very nice to see," said Kline.
Sean Miller followed with a goal on the assist from Kidd Causemaker at 4:00, while Mike Gallagher added a goal at 9:00.
Tommy Wassell punched in Geneseo's fourth goal of the half at 17:00, followed by Conner Hoogerwerf with the goal on the assist from Miller at 22:00 for the 5-0 advantage.
DePauw took the next two scores for the Leafs, the first unassisted at 24:00 and the second on the assist from James Ballegeer at 38:00. Blade Peterson closed out the half with a goal at 38:00 for the 8-0 lead.
LaSalle-Peru got on the board in the second half, but the Leafs responded with three more goals — DePauw on the assist from Wassell, Miller on the assist from Zach Riffe and Gallagher on the assist from Miller.
Geneseo finished the game with 21 shots on goal and Dylan Lyon made one save in the net. LaSalle-Peru took two shots on goal and had eight goalie saves.
"It was nice they came out and did what they were suppose to do to get those the other kids the experience they deserved," said Kline.
Geneseo at RI Invite
At the Sept. 28 and 29 Rock Island Invite, the Leafs went 1-2 in competition.
"We don't care about our record at an invite. Our main goal is to get lots of kids playing time at that level and to get ready for the postseason," said Kline.
Geneseo fell in its opener to Lockport, 4-1 with DePauw scoring the squad's only goal.
The next game, the Leafs were shut out, 2-0 by Aurora West.
On Sept. 29, Geneseo notched a 2-1 win over Homewood Flossmoor, 2-1 with Sawyer Claus punching in the team's two goals.
Later in the day, the Leafs suffered a 4-0 loss to Midlothian Bremen.
Geneseo vs. Dixon
The Leafs bounced back from their Sept. 25 loss to Sterling with a 3-1 victory over Dixon Sept. 27.
Page 2 of 2 - "It is not always easy to play on Dixon's field, but the guys did what they needed to do," said Kline.
Geneseo opened the game with an unassisted goal by Claus that gave the Leafs the 1-0 lead at the half.
Justin Seeley put the Leafs up 2-0 in the second half with a goal on the assist from Miller.
Dixon cut Geneseo's lead to one later in the second half, 2-1, but the Leafs responded with a DePauw goal for the 3-1 win.
Geneseo finished the game with 12 shots on goal and five saves, while Dixon had six shots and nine saves.
Geneseo (10-5-1 overall and 6-1 in the NIB 12) will next host Streator at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 9.
"I want them to understand that this is it and to not hold anything back," said Kline. "They have to go out there and play like it is their last game because you never know when it could be your last game."