Men’s Soccer Claims Another Region 24 Championship Title
The Illinois Central College men’s soccer team defended its reign over Region 24 by earning its second consecutive Championship.
In a cut-throat match for the Reg. 24 title, ICC (No. 2) defeated Lewis & Clark Community College (No.1), 3-1 at Godrey on Sunday.
L&S opened the scoring for the day with a goal at the 16-minute mark.
The Cougars followed it up to tie the game 1-1 at 30:00 with a goal by David Alvarez who headed the ball in off of Layee Kromah’s corner kick.
Alvarez put the next one in for ICC off a penalty kick at 50:00 to take the lead.
To round out the scoring, Juan Rosique found the back of the net, with an assist from Kromah, at the 68-minute mark.
Vinicius Lorenzetti was in the net for three saves for ICC.
After Sunday’s match, the Cougar’s moved up to a 10-3-3 record on the season.
Next up, ICC will face St. Louis Community College for the Central District Championship, Nov. 3.
The Cougars fell to St. Louis in last year’s District title match, 3-1, and then again in the National Championship tournament, 1-0.
This year, ICC came out on top of St. Louis to win 3-1 in a Sept. 9 match.
Saturday: ICC 2, Parkland 2
To advance to the Region 24 title game, the Cougars defeated Parkland on penalty kicks, 6-5, Saturday to advance after the 2-2 draw.
Starting goalie Vinicius Lorenzetti was replaced by 6’-4” Rafael Fabra for the shootout who had one save and connected on two other shots for his time in the net. It was the second year in a row ICC eliminated Parkland from the Region 24 Tournament. Last year, ICC won 7-6 in PKs.
The match went into two overtimes with no change in scores. ICC put its two goals in the net at the 68:00- and 70:00-minute marks after Parkland scored earlier in the match.
Women’s soccer season ends in Region 24 Tournament play
The Lady Cougar’s season came to an end on Saturday after a 5-1 loss to Southwestern Illinois.
ICC closed out the season 11-5 and was lead by a four-game win streak at the end of September through the beginning of October.