Oct. 19, 2013
GALESBURG—The Carl Sandburg College men’s soccer team picked up its first ever playoff victory with a 6-2 defeat of Kankakee on Saturday afternoon at Kleine Equipment Field in the opening round of the Region IV tournament.
The Chargers (13-4-0), who lost to Kankakee in the first round last year, advance to play at South Suburban at 3 p.m. Wednesday. The win was Sandburg’s seventh in its last eight matches.
The Chargers jumped to a 3-0 halftime lead, getting first-half goals from freshman Jake Kirchoff-Sleet (11th minute), freshman Carlos Viganoni (37th minute) and sophomore Jesse Bathelt (43rd minute).
After the Cavaliers got on the board in the 52nd minute, Bathelt found freshman Lawson Crider on back-to-back goals in the 57th and 63rd minutes to open up a 5-1 Sandburg lead. Freshman Robert Hamrick scored in the 84th minute off an assist from sophomore Chino Ayala to close the scoring. Sandburg, which won 2-1 at Kankakee in the regular season, controlled the match from the start and finished with a 16-5 edge in shots on goal.
“Our guys really played with a purpose from the opening kickoff,” Chargers interim coach Kokou Kaho said. “This was a nice win for us, but it gets a lot tougher from here on out. We can’t be satisfied just with winning today.”
Carl Sandburg College freshman Lawson Crider, left, watches as his second goal of the game goes past the Kankakee goalkeeper during the Chargers’ 6-2 Region IV tournament victory Saturday at Kleine Equipment Field.