Cavs fall in opening round of soccer regionals
Carlinville’s soccer team hosted regionals last week at Loveless Park, but it was not a very successful one.
The Cavaliers battled conference foe Southwestern on chilly Wednesday evening.
Southwestern had battled Carlinville to the wire in the season opener, a 5-4 Cavies win back in late August.
This time around, three second half goals were the difference as the Birds eliminated Carlinville with a 4-1 victory.
The first half saw Southwestern maintain possession of the ball on their half of the field for a majority of the time.
The Cavies did get a couple of clean shots at goal – by Koltan Page and later by Landon Eades, but failed to get any across the goal as both shots sailed high and wide right.
Southwestern got on the board about 13 minutes into the contest on a goal off a corner kick. The ball found its way clean where a Piasa Bird player was able to head it into the net.
It stayed 1-0 at the half. The second half saw Piasa score three more goals while the Cavaliers got on the board just once.
As the clock wound down, Piasa Southwestern advanced to Saturday’s championship match.
The Birds played Beardstown, a 3-1 victor over Staunton in the opening game Wednesday.
Carlinville wrapped up a successful season at 11-10 overall, 7-2 in the South Central Conference for a second place finish.
The team went 2-2 during a early season Kickoff Classic competition in Carlinville. They won five of six matches midway through the season before losing four of its last five contests.
All told, the Cavies outscored their opponents 79-48 this season.