The Geneseo boys’ soccer team claimed two conference shut outs this past week, and also faced some tough competition in tournament play.
Geneseo vs. LaSalle-Peru
In a blink of the eye, the Leafs were up 2-0 on host LaSalle-Peru Oct. 8 on their way to an 8-0 victory over the Cavaliers.
“It was pretty much our offensive opportunity all game,” said head coach Ian Kline. “We played strong.”
Justin Seeley punched in the first two goals of the contest within two minutes of each other — the first on the assist from Adam Stenzel at 4:00 and the second unassisted at 6:00.
James Ballegeer knocked in another goal for Geneseo off the assist from Anthony Bravata at the 15:00-mark; while Ryan Ganson scored the final goal of the half at 26:00 on the assist from Ethan Radue to give Geneseo the 4-0 advantage.
Ballegeer added his second goal of the contest just 1 minute after the break on the assist from Erik Sammons; while Hunter DeSplinter chipped in a goal at 55:00 on the assist from Stenzel.
“James is one of those players who does the things he does well and doesn’t extend himself,” said Kline. “He is finding himself in good situations, being an unselfish player and finding the ability to finish those shots. It was a nice opportunity for him.”
Ballegeer completed the hat trick on a penalty kick at 65:00; followed by Sammons with the final goal of the night on the assist from Radue at 77:00.
“I like the boys to realize unselfish play will be rewarded by unselfish play by others,” said Kline.
Geneseo took 13 shots on goal, and Cole Toone made two saves in net for the Leafs.
LaSalle-Peru had two shots on goal and five saves.
Geneseo at RI Invite
The Leafs went 1-2-1 in tournament action over the weekend at the Rock Island Invite Oct. 4-5.
Geneseo opened play Oct. 4 with a 4-1 win over Lockport and received goals from Radue, Ganson, Tommy Wassell and Bravata.
The Leafs suffered two losses Oct. 5 to Aurora West, 1-0 and Midlothian Bremen, 2-0.
Geneseo came back in the final game of the invite and tied Homewood Flossmor, 2-2. Geneseo’s goals were scored by Radue and Seeley.
“I think the guys did well,” said Kline. “We played a good team first and beat them pretty handily. The second game was against a very technically good team, and we lost, but the guys played well in that game.
“The third game was a hard-fought match and I commend the guys for playing and keeping themselves in the game. (The team we tied) was very beatable and we should have won that game.”
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In conference action Oct. 3 in Geneseo, the Leafs shut out Dixon, 4-0.
“We just need to keep finding our finishing touches,” said Kline. “Each game we just get a little better and that is what we need.”
Stenzel put Geneseo on the board with an unassisted goal at 6:00. The Leafs held on to that advantage through the rest of the half and took a 1-0 lead into the break.
DeSplinter gave Geneseo the 2-0 advantage on the assist from Stenzel at 57:00.
Ganson knocked in the next two goals for the Leafs, both on assists from Radue to seal the victory.
Geneseo took 13 shots on goal and Josh Morton had two saves in net.
Dixon finished with two shots on goal and had nine saves.
The Leafs (11-5-3 overall and 6-0-1 in the NIB 12) will be on the road next at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 15 against Streator.