Team gets ties on road

Justin Miller

Metamora’s soccer team opened the week with a thrilling game but still did not get a win.

Dunlap and Metamora tied at zero Sept. 11 at Dunlap.

“I thought we came out ready to play,” coach Serkan Bakirdan said. “It was an even game, we both couldn’t put the ball away. Both keepers played one heck of a game.

“We had a couple chances and their keeper saved it. Overall, it was a good tie.”

Goalkeeper Shafer Miller kept the Eagles off the board by making nine saves.

The team again could not notch a win Thursday and tied Peoria Christian at two on the road.

“I felt that we came out ready to play again,” Bakirdan said. “In the first 10 minutes, we had the ball in their half of the field the whole time and we just could not put the ball away.

“Once they realized what was going on, it was an even game. I told the kids that it doesn’t matter how many shots you take on goal, if you can’t put the ball in the back of the net it doesn’t matter.”

The Chargers took a 1-0 lead in the 31st minute but the Redbirds tied the game six minutes before the half when Nick Danner kicked an assist to Derek Russell.

Peoria Christian took the lead back 16 minutes after the half.

With 20 minutes left in the game, Russell scored the final goal off an assist from Grant Billimack.

“I feel like we are playing Metamora soccer right now,” Bakirdan said. “As a new coach with a new lineup, the kids are finally playing the way they should be. It’s better that they do that now rather than later in the year. We have a good opportunity to win some games coming up.

“Our biggest goal is to put the ball in the back of the net. If we start doing that, I feel like we will be a hard team to beat.”