GHS advances

Amy Boldt
Zach Ogle looks for an open teammate in the first half of Geneseo’s regional match with Orion-Sherrard Oct. 20.

The Geneseo boys’ soccer team started postseason action this past week with a victory after ending the regular season with a 0-0 tie with United Township.

IHSA Regionals

The Leafs kept themselves alive in IHSA Regional action with a 2-0 win over Orion-Sherrard Oct. 20 in the first round of playoff action in Geneseo.

“It is always nice,” said head coach Ian Kline of his team’s first round win. “I thought we came out well. We started off well, but then didn’t play well later in the first half. We were playing the long ball and not our soccer.”

Geneseo scored one goal in the first half and then punched through a second to secure the win in the second half. With the win, the Leafs will face Alleman in the regional championship on Oct. 24.

Michael Miller knocked in the first goal of the game, unassisted, at the 30-minute mark. The Leafs took a 1-0 lead at halftime.

Geneseo struck again in the second half at 74:00 with a Tyler Morton goal on the assist from Colin Pullman.

“I thought we dominated the entire game, but had our moments when we would slip into the other team’s play,” said Kline.

The Leafs finished the contest with 14 shots on goal, while Orion-Sherrard was held to only five. Geneseo goalie Jake Arnold made two saves in the net, while Orion-Sherrard’s goal keeper made 12. 

Geneseo vs. UTHS

It was a battle to the bitter end Oct. 16 between the Geneseo boys’ soccer team and the host United Township Panthers, which ended in a 0-0 stalemate.

The Leafs finished the contest with four shots on goal and 12 saves in the net for Arnold. The Panthers took 12 shots on goal, while UT’s goalie made four.

Geneseo (8-9-3 overall) will square off against Alleman at 6 p.m. in Geneseo for the IHSA regional championship and a chance to move on to sectional competition.

“We have already played Alleman this year,” said Kline.  “They play hard, we play hard, but we were more dominant. Hopefully it will work for our advantage. I hope our guys are ready to play and they will show what they learned. At this point they are clicking, but at times they slip into the old version of the team.”

Drew Richardson moves the ball downfield.