SHERRARD – The Orion-Sherrard soccer team saw Wednesday's battle with Rock Island as a chance to make some big news – a chance for a small-school program to knock off a big-school team.|
O-S coach Rick Cline was not apologetic about the game his team played in a 2-0 setback that including making it a bit rougher than usual and even netted a yellow card.
"We had a little David vs. Goliath battle out there and we got a few small rocks to their head,'' said Cline. "Rock Island is a talented team and speed kills, but we played bend-not-break.''
The undefeated Rocks weren't about to give in to the hosts and parlayed a quick start into the victory. Da Eh scored an unassisted goal and Felix Sawadogo scored on a pass from midfielder Justin Joway in leading the Rocks to a 2-0 halftime lead.
RI goalkeeper Pablo Beltran made a diving stop on an incredible breakaway shot early in the second half that kept momentum from switching.
"We got our confidence up with that first goal, our field awareness is getting better," said Rock Island coach Darrick Kent. "The one thing we need to work on is finishing strong, it has been a problem for us for years. Lots of shots on goal, but not a lot of goals. If we can do that, we will be all right the rest of the year."
Orion-Sherrard did all it could to keep Rock Island out of the goal. But the Rocks just outplayed the hosts throughout the entire game, rifling 13 shots on goal and stayed on Orion-Sherrard's half of the field for the majority of the time.
Still, O-S kept it close as a trio of keepers racked up 11 saves and kept the hosts in it with the second-half shutout.
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