The Pekin girls soccer team went toe-to-toe Saturday with a team that has been steamrolling through opponents this season.
Bradley-Bourbonnais beat Pekin 3-0 in the championship game of the Dragon Invitational tournament on a cool, breezy day at Coal Miners Park, but the score isn’t indicative of the game.
The Boilermakers (12-1-1) scored all three of their goals in the final 8:37, the last two when Pekin (8-4) was pushing for goals.
“We defensed very well. We didn’t capitalize on our chances,” said Pekin coach Edgar Sandoval. “It’s as well as we played all year.”
Pekin goalie Paige Smith played a great game, making seven saves. She came out of the game briefly in the second half and underwent concussion protocol after a collision.
“Paige had three phenomenal saves in the first half,” Sandoval said.
The game was physical and chippy, with six yellow cards handed out, four to Bradley-Bourbonnais.
Some Bradley-Bourbonnais parents became part of the discussion on the field in the second half when the referee told a Pekin player not to be bothered by parents “who were running their mouths.”
Bradley-Bourbonnais went 3-0 in the round-robin tournament, outscoring its opponents 20-0. The Boilermakers, who have allowed only five goals all season, also beat Washington 4-0 and Chilicothe IVC 13-0 in tournament games.
Pekin was 2-1 in the tournament. The Dragons beat IVC 8-0 on Friday and Washington 2-0 on Saturday before facing Bradley-Bourbonnais.
Washington was 1-2 and IVC was 0-3 in the tournament, Washington beat IVC 7-0.
Pekin beat Washington on second-half goals by Tyranie Cox (55:19) and Maddy Cash (67:14). Allie Scally assisted on Cox’s goal. Cash’s goal was unassisted. Smith made three saves.
In addition to watching his team win handily over IVC, Sandoval had an opportunity to give his regulars some rest and give some playing time to reserves.
Cash scored three times and Cox twice. The other Pekin goals came from McKenzie Cupi, Alex Bassen and Gina Olsen. Bassen also had four assists.
Tournament games were played with 35- and instead of 40-minute halves.
BASEBALL: One bad inning ruined a road trip to Galesburg on Friday for the Pekin baseball team.
Galesburg scored nine runs in the bottom of the second and that proved to be the difference in a 12-3 non-conference win.
There was a bright spot for the Dragons (6-5).
Down 12-0 in the top of the fifth and facing a quick end to the game because of the run rule, Pekin got on the board and kept the game going on an RBI double by Max Jones, his first varsity RBI, and a two-run homer by Nathan Righi.
Galesburg’s (10-7) big inning was aided by all three errors Pekin made in the game. Dragons starter Cade Edmiston threw 42 pitches in the inning, more than half the pitches (80) he threw in his four innings on the mound.
Jon Kuethe pitched the final two innings for Pekin. He struck out four and didn’t allow a run in his first varsity pitching appearance.
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