The Geneseo boys’ soccer team finished the season with a victory over Ottawa and defeated host Galesburg in the regional semifinal.

The Geneseo boys’ soccer team finished the season with a victory over Ottawa and defeated host Galesburg in the regional semifinal.

Ottawa at Geneseo

The Maple Leafs captured a 5-0 victory over the Pirates in the season finale, at the Geneseo Soccer Pitch, on Oct. 12.

Geneseo’s Reed Adams scored with an assist from Mitchel Benhart in the 22nd minutes of the match to give the Leafs the lead.

Adams added another goal in the 35 minute, and Reed Vanderheyden scored with an assist from Griffin Tracey less than a minute later.

Tracey found the back of the net in the second half with an assist from Dylan Hart.

Geneseo’s Ryan Daly scored with an assist from Nick Strouss in the 66th minute.

Geneseo controlled the ball outshooting Ottawa 15-1 in the game.

Class 2A Galesburg Regional

The Maple Leafs’ victory over the Silver Streaks in the Class 2A Galesburg Regional reinforced how much this team had improved this season.

Geneseo (6) upset Galesburg (4) 1-0 in the regional semifinal round, at Van Dyke Field, in Galesburg, on Oct. 17.

On a free kick from Brandon Gallagher, the Maple Leafs’ Adams saw the keeper come protect the left side post, and he was able to blast a header into the right back corner of the net.

“I’m just thankful,” Adams said. “You can see how far we have come just from with these two games from the beginning of the season to now.”

After losing to Galesburg 3-0 in the season opener, Geneseo struggled to find its footing starting the season with a 3-6 record.

With 13 seniors graduating from last year’s team, including the entire back line and keeper, Geneseo’s team began to take shape near midseason.

In the last ten games, Geneseo has put together an 8-2 record and the defense has produced four shutout performances.

“This team settled in and we found out where people needed to be,” Geneseo Coach Harvey Morton said. “They have been working hard all year, and it’s just starting to come together for us. They are starting to settle in and play.”

After a scoreless first half in the regional semifinal, the Maple Leafs’ defense turned the game around in the second half.

The Silver Streaks had their best look of the night on a corner kick in the 52nd minute.

Galesburg’s Steven Lessi Jr. fired a shot from inside the box that was deflected away by Carson Cocquit who was back helping protect the left post along with keeper Zach Bauer.

Just over a minute later, Adams would score on a free kick to give Geneseo the deciding goal.

Bauer finished with four saves, and he made an outstanding diving save with 8:41 remaining to keep Geneseo ahead.

Only half of Galesburg’s shots were on goal with the Maple Leafs defenders putting pressure on the Streaks by winning the ball out of the air.

“We are able to talk to each other and work as a team on that back third,” Bauer said. “We are just able to really communicate, we know each other, we are comfortable with each other and we all have the same goal.”

Geneseo will face top-seeded Peoria Notre Dame, in Galesburg, on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 11 a.m.

Peoria Notre Dame defeated Orion-Sherrard 7-0 in the regional semifinal match.