Kickers defeat Peoria

Mindy Carls
Chargers Greg Nightingale, left, and Nick Newman work the ball up the field in the Princeton game on Saturday, Oct. 4. Alex Miller is in back.

Orion-Sherrard defeated Peoria 4-1 in varsity soccer on Saturday, Sept. 27.

Only three minutes into the game, Charger Danny Driskell booted a pass from Kory Armstrong into the back of the net.

Nine minutes later, Kevin Gladkin notched a goal.

The Charger lead went to 3-0 when Gladkin fed the ball to Trace Gingerich for a goal in the 24th minute of the game.

In the 33rd minute, Jake Molburg passed to Driskell for the final Orion-Sherrard score.

Peoria eventually got on the board with a goal in the 60th minute.

Taking the 21 Charger shots were Armstrong, six; Driskell, five; Gladkin, three; Justin Timmer and Addison McDowell, two each; and Drew West, Nick Newman and Gingerich, one apiece.

Peoria got off eight shots.

Molburg minded the net for the Chargers. He had six saves, while Alex Miller had two.

The Peoria goalkeeper had 15 saves.

Pacing the Orion-Sherrard defense were Driskell and Dillon Kostka, eight steals each; Travis Anderson, seven; West, Greg Nightingale and Molburg, five apiece; McDowell and Gladkin, four each; Armstrong, Timmer, Miller and Morgan Crawford, three apiece; Dalon Helm, two; and Andrew Cline and Josh Fisher, one each.

Orion-Sherrard had six corner kicks and Peoria, three.

The Chargers were flagged for five fouls and their opponents for four.

Orion-Sherrard was offsides three times.

The Chargers also edged the Glasford Illini Bluffs Tigers on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

At intermission, Illini Bluffs led 1-0 on a goal in the 30th minute.

Orion-Sherrard came up with a pair of goals in the second half to clinch the victory.

Driskell had a hand in both scores. He fed the ball to Kostka for the first goal in the 69th minute, then scored off passes from Molburg and Anderson in the 72nd minute.

It was hard for the Chargers to launch shots. Driskell, Armstrong, Timmer and Kostka fired two each and Anderson, one.

Gladkin made 20 saves in goal, and he pulled off nine steals.

Molburg had seven steals; Timmer and Miller, five each; Newman, three; Armstrong and Anderson, two apiece; and Driskell, Fisher and Gingerich, one each.

Each team was awarded five corner kicks, and each  committed seven fouls.

The Tigers were offsides twice and the Chargers, once.