Trojans dominate two opponents for regional soccer title

Mendota soccer captains Logan Eppard (No. 8), Jack Massey (No. 5) and Eddie Perez (No. 10) hoist the championship plaque high as they celebrate winning the Mendota Class 1A Regional Soccer Tournament on Oct. 13. The Trojans shutout Indian Creek, 5-0, to advance to the Chillicothe (IVC) Sectional. (Reporter photo)

MENDOTA – The Mendota Trojans secured their second regional soccer championship in three years after cruising past Shabbona (Indian Creek), 5-0, in the Mendota Class 1A Regional on Oct. 13 at the MHS field.

The Trojans got things rolling when Eddie Perez blasted home a goal at 8:47. He took a nifty pass from Emiliano Arteaga in the center of the field and beat Indian Creek goaltender Logan Bend.

Perez was back at it eight minutes later when Arteaga set him up again for a goal to make it 2-0 Trojans. Mendota carried that lead to intermission.

The Trojans added three more goals in the second half while Indian Creek couldn’t get anything past Mendota goalies Joel Figueroa and Yanni Karahalios, who spelled Figueroa for a bit when he went to the bench with an injury.

Yahir Diaz tallied his first of two consecutive goals at the 45:30 mark on a solo shot that Bend whiffed on when he tried to make the stop.

Diaz made it 4-0 with another solo shot at 58:12.

Perez wrapped up the scoring with a hat trick goal at 77:33.

The Trojans advanced to the Chillicothe (IVC) Sectional where they will play Monmouth-Roseville at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17. The other sectional contest will pit Earlville-Leland-Paw Paw against Peoria Christian at 5 p.m. The two winners will battle for the sectional championship at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20.

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Mendota opened the regional with an easy 6-1 verdict over Somonauk on Oct. 9.

The Trojans wasted no time in getting on the board when Eddie Perez booted home a goal just 2:04 into the contest. Joel Escatel got the assist.

Escatel was credited with another assist when he passed to Yahir Diaz, who found the back of the net for a 2-0 Trojan lead at 25:32.

Mendota added one more goal before halftime when Emiliano Arteaga scored off an assist by Josue Arteaga at the 31:04 mark.

Emiliano Arteaga continued the scoring barrage for the Trojans with a pair of unassisted goals early in the second half.

Jack Massey completed the scoring for Mendota at 60:33, assisted by Emiliano Arteaga.

Somonauk avoided the shutout with a goal at the 65:00 mark.

Goaltender Joel Figueroa was between the pipes for the Trojans.


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