Quick start carries RI past gritty O-S squad

Posted Online: Sept. 03, 2014, 11:19 pm
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By Jon Evanchyk
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.


Local events heading

  Today is Wednesday, Sept. 17, the 260th day of 2014. There are 105 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.

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