The Jacksonville boys’ soccer team ran up against a defensive-minded Lanphier team that really put the clamps on the Crimsons offense in the first half. But JHS made some adjustments, scored four goals in the final 40 minutes and came away with a 5-0 win on a gloomy Tuesday afternoon in Jacksonville.
“Yeah, we broke through,” Jacksonville coach Evan Philpott said. “Required a little bit of patience, I think. We had some opportunities that we weren’t able to capitalize on, and sometimes that can build up and then you get a little bit of an anxiety attack there. But our guys came out strong the second half, and I think some of the adjustments that they made with their play benefited some of the guys up top, and some of our guys were able to score and capitalize on some good balls played into the middle.”
Jacksonville had numerous chances to score in the first half, but Lanphier managed to turn almost all of them away. The Crimsons finally got on the scoreboard with a goal by Chris Estabella Silvela with 24:27 left in the first half.
“All the credit to their goalkeeper,” Philpott said. “Their goalkeeper had a tremendous game, and it seemed like he was everywhere. He was getting his hands on everything. So that made it difficult for us. They’ve got some guys who are behind the ball, and they know how to defend. I think from a system standpoint, they did really well. They were pretty organized, and very vocal. And so it’s kind of hard to break through their line like that when there’s some guys behind the ball. But we were able to find some space and get some guys in opportune parts of the field.”
Randy Makaya scored first in the second half. A corner kick rattled around in front of the goal, and Makaya pounced on the ball and put it in the net to make it 2-0 Jacksonville with 33:36 left in the game. Brandon Hurt squared up and launched a shot from about 20 yards out for the third goal at 18:45. Just over a minute later, the Crimsons got the ball ahead to Drew Keller, who beat his man as he slowly approached the net. The goalkeeper came out to challenge, and Keller zipped the ball into the net to make it 4-0 with 17:14 remaining. Hurt scored again on another 18- to 20-yard shot with 16:29 left to seal the win.
The game was played on Jacksonville’s practice field, which has no lights. Tuesday’s rain left Alumni Field under water. It was overcast at the beginning of the game and got progressively darker and harder to see toward the end.
Jacksonville is still without four injured players. “At this point in time, it’s going to be whoever’s here, we’re going to have to play,” Philpott said. “Hopefully we get a couple back and get some guys at 100 percent because we still have some guys who are kind of struggling with some injuries.”
The playoffs start next week. Jacksonville, the No. 6 seed in its sub-sectional, will face Waterloo in the semifinals of the Bethalto Civic Memorial Regional at 6 p.m. next Tuesday. Waterloo is the No. 3 seed.
Philpott said it’s a fair seeding. “It’s a tough sectional,” the coach said. “We’ve got some teams south that can play. They don’t know a whole lot about us, and we don’t know a whole lot about them. Seeing Waterloo again is pretty exciting because of the match that we had with them last year (a 2-1 JHS win in the sectional finals). But they’re going to come ready to play, and we are as well, and so hopefully we’re playing at our best when it matters most.”
Jacksonville improved to 10-10 overall and 4-4 in the Central State Eight Conference.
By Dennis Mathes
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