Five games in seven days.
That’s a tough stretch for a high school sports team, and that’s what the Illini Bluffs boys soccer team just endured.
The Tigers lost 3-0 Tuesday to Peoria Christian after beating Limestone 3-2 Monday.
Illini Bluffs (9-6) battled Peoria Christian to a scoreless tie at halftime even though the Tigers were missing four starters because of sickness and injuries.
Two goals within 1:08 by Peoria Christian’s Mitchell Whitman (54:11) and Jake Hauter (55:29), assisted by Whitman, broke the deadlock.
“I thought we played well against Peoria Christian. We let them have a lot of possession, but it was controlled,” said Illini Bluffs coach Gerard Smith. “Key mistakes hurt us. Peoria Christian will punish you if you make mistakes.”
Peoria Christian’s Gabriel Meister scored late in the game after a 20-minute rain delay, giving the winners some insurance.
Illini Bluffs goalie Ben Krumpe made 14 saves.
Peoria Christian goalie Reagan Noble had to make only one save.
Nolan Rademaker returned to action Monday for Illini Bluffs after suffering a concussion and he had a goal and two assists against Limestone, setting up goals by Buddy Randle and Reid Sondgeroth.
Illini Bluffs led 2-0 at halftime and 3-1 in the second half before Limestone countered with goals by Connor Spirrison and Austin Schalber, the latter at 76:14.
“We controlled most of the game, but give credit to Limestone,” Smith said. “They had good spells, but our defense held.”
Krumpe had seven saves. Limestone goalie Noah Schultz had six saves.
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