Kickers storm back against Pekin

Bryan Veginski
Seeking control:?Washington’s Zach Peterson, a sophomore, fends off an opposing player during a recent Panther boys soccer match. Washington is at home tomorrow.

Washington continued its boys soccer ascent with a stirring victory Sept. 16 at Pekin.

The Panthers scored three second-half goals to trip up the Dragons, 4-3, in a Mid-Illini Conference match at Coal Miners Park.

It was the first victory of the league season for Washington, which tied Limestone Sept. 13.

Down 1-0 in the first half, Anthony Filante was credited with a goal to even the contest.

The Dragons scored twice in a six-minute span to take a 3-1 lead into intermission.

The Panthers sliced their deficit to one 13 minutes into the second half on a Tony Ramadani tally assisted by Tyler Clark.

Bret Henderson knotted the match about 20 minutes later on a Ramadani helper.

Ramadani’s second assist of the afternoon, to Ryan Staley, gave Washington the go-ahead goal with the clock winding down.

Mason Masters made a dozen saves to help carry the Panthers over the .500 mark for the season.

After surpassing last year’s victory total in the first week of September, Washington already has assured itself of a better M-I mark than it finished with in 2007.

Galesburg 5, WCHS 2: The Panthers surrendered three unanswered goals Thursday in the second half.

Tony Ramadani had both goals for Washington.

He gave the hosts the lead midway through the opening period with a penalty kick.

Down 2-1 in the second half, Ramadani tied it on a Clark feed.

Masters and Alex Pawlak both took time as Panther keepers and faced double-figure shots.

Morton 5, WCHS 0: The Mid-Illini leaders downed the Panthers Saturday.

Washington (4-5-1, 1-3-1) held the guests scoreless for more than 40 minutes, but the Potters broke it open with three goals in a 15-minute span in the second half.

Masters faced nearly 20 shots on goal, and Morton was awarded 11 corner kicks.

The offensive balance of the Potters showed with four different players registering goals.