MENDOTA – In a rematch of last year’s supersectional battle, Bloomington Central Catholic made the trek to Mendota for a regular-season showdown between two of the state’s top Class 1A soccer teams. Unfortunately for the Trojans, it was the Saints that came out on top again, this time by a 2-0 count on Sept. 14 at the MHS field. Central Catholic defeated Mendota 3-2 in a penalty kick thriller in last year’s supersectional.
Central Catholic scored a goal in each half. The first goal came with 19:05 left in the first half when the Saints tallied on a header off of a corner kick.
The Trojans came out strong in the second half and had four excellent scoring opportunities in the first three minutes that were all saved by Saint goalkeeper Auston Koch.
Central Catholic made it 2-0 with 12 minutes left before one last comeback attempt by Mendota. The Trojans’ Rafael Romero put two great headers on goal in the last 10 minutes, with one just missing wide and the other being saved by the keeper.
Martin Murillo had seven saves in goal for the Trojans.
“We played well and had multiple chances to score in the game, but just failed to capitalize on those chances,” said Mendota coach Nick Myers. “BCC played excellent defense and did not make any big mistakes during the game, making it difficult for our offense to break them down.
“It’s great to play this type of competition in the middle of the season to get us ready for post-season games.”
The Trojans got back on the winning track with a 7-0 triumph over Streator on Sept. 19 at the MHS field.
Jasiel Watson led the attack with three goals, while Mauricio Martinez had a pair of goals and an assist. Johan Cortez also found the net. Other assists went to Martin Murillo, Isaac Guzman and Sebastian Carlos.
Mendota improved its record to 12-3.