Class 2A soccer: Urbana, Central set title showdown
Class 2A Centennial Regional
Gesi Muharremi scored twice in the first half to keep the Tigers on track to repeating their run to the state championship match.
“We’d like to go back (to the state finals),” Urbana coach Randy Blackman said. “Nobody really believed we could do it last year. Who knows? We just have to take it one game at a time.”
David Anderson, who also had an assist, scored in the second half for Urbana.
Jack Parrott made three saves to earn the shutout in goal.
Next up for the Tigers: rival Central.
“It was a good time the first time. It’ll probably be a good game the second time,” Blackman said.
Alex Zarco had two goals, and the Maroons broke out to a 3-0 lead at halftime despite difficult field conditions.
“It was really sloppy,” Maroons coach Steve Whiteley said.
Zarco also had an assist for Central.
“He’s a big key to us right now,” Whiteley said.
Juan Garcia and Feli Keti also scored for the Maroons, who on Saturday will look to avenge a 2-1 defeat to the Tigers.
“I think Saturday is going to be a very competitive game,” Whiteley said. “If we can score ... we’re pretty hard to beat.”
Class 1A Iroquois West Sectional
Hoopeston Area 9
St. Thomas More 1
STM got on the board 44 seconds into the match, but “the guys really responded,” Cornjerkers coach John Klaber said. “They didn’t hang their heads.”
Hoopeston roared back, taking a 5-1 lead before halftime. Elijah Yates had two goals and two assists to fuel the comeback for the Cornjerkers, who set the school record with their 18th victory. Chase Bouse and David Cornelius also scored twice for the Cornjerkers.
Trey Layden played in place of Trey Anderson, who was out with the flu.
“For him to step into a game like this as a freshman was simply outstanding,” Klaber said of Layden.
Salt Fork/Westville 0
Despite facing a barrage of shots, goalie Aaron Marx kept Salt Fork/Westville in the match, which was tied 0-0 at halftime.
The Storm players held their heads high despite losing Tuesday.
“We accomplished two firsts this season,” coach Todd Woods said of the school’s Vermilion Valley Conference co-championship (with Hoopeston Area) and regional championship. The Storm finished 12-7.