Oct. 22, 2012
KANKAKEE—The Carl Sandburg College men’s soccer team lost 2-1 to Kankakee on Monday in the opening round of the Region IV tournament.
Kankakee scored the game-winning goal on a penalty kick in the 36th minute after Sandburg defender Connor Benson was called for a handball in the box.
“There was nobody really around him, and he went to kick it and the ball popped straight up and hit his hand,” Chargers coach Allen Eskridge said. “It was just an unlucky play.”
Kankakee, which beat Sandburg 4-1 in the regular season, took a 1-0 lead in the third minute on an own goal following a free kick.
“They never really had any other scoring opportunities except for the two times they scored,” Eskridge said.
The Chargers (5-5-1) tied it up in the 23rd minute when sophomore Kevin Aka scored on a rebound for his ninth goal of the season.
“That was just a really scrappy goal,” Eskridge said. “We broke through and beat their keeper, it went off a body and Kevin put it in.”
Sophomore Mario Romero scored what would have been the equalizer with about 10 minutes to go, but the play was ruled offside. Sandburg, which got 10 shots from freshman Chino Ayala, outshot Kankakee 25-9 as it finished its best season in program history.
“We got behind early, but we played a fantastic game,” Eskridge said. “This was a great way to end the season, even though it was a loss. We outplayed them and sometimes that’s just the way sports works.”