The Geneseo boys’ soccer team was locked in tight battles this past week in the team’s home opener and on the road over the weekend.
Geneseo at Urbana Invite
Geneseo went 1-2 over the weekend at the Urbana Invite Sept. 6 and 7.
The Leafs lost their first two contests to Mahomet-Seymour, 2-0 and Urbana, 3-0.
“The first game, we got off the bus after a three hour ride and a hard-fought game the night before and our legs weren’t there and we were not focused,” said head coach Ian Kline. “Mahomet was a beatable team, but we just didn’t play that great.
“We didn’t get the best start against Urbana, but held on and played well. We just fell in the second half and lost our legs.”
Geneseo rebounded in its final match to claim a 3-0 win over Peoria Christian. Austin Harms led the team with two goals and Ryan Ganson had one.
“I think we finally figured out our rhythm and the field (against Peoria Christian),” said Kline. “We found opportunities to score, but it wasn’t easy.
“We need to find that true finisher to put the ball in the net. We had a freshman (Harms) do that twice. Austin might be that player to do that because he can put the ball in.”
Geneseo vs. UT
The Leafs and Panthers were locked in a tight battle Sept. 5 in Geneseo’s homeopener with the game being declared a 0-0 tie.
“It was a pretty tight battle and there were a good number of shots on goal on both sides,” said Kline. “Each team had quality opportunities, and I think we had more, but we just didn’t find the opportunity to do so.”
Geneseo finished the game with 10 shots on goal and Josh Morton made six saves in the net.
UT took 11 shots on goal and had eight goalie saves.
“It was definitely a battle and every game has been so far this year,” said Kline. “Every team has made us work for everything.”
The Leafs (1-3-1 overall) will be on the road next when they take on the Dukes at Dixon at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 17.