Dunlap defeats kickers

Bryan Veginski

Dunlap swept the regular-season series from the Washington boys soccer team with a 3-0 victory Oct. 1.

The Eagles used two scores at home to remain temporarily in a first-place Mid-Illini Conference tie with Morton.

The Panthers fell to 4-3-1 in league play, good for third place.

“Our plan is to stay there. Kind of our goal now is to finish third in the conference,” WCHS head coach Jeff Brooks said.

Nick Garrison saved eight shots as the Washington goalkeeper.

Rock Island Invitational

The Panthers went 1-2-1 in the two-day tournament.

Washington (10-5-2) played well against the better teams and did not fare well against the lesser teams.

The Panthers defeated Geneseo, 2-0, and tied Rock Island Alleman, 3-3, after rallying from a two-goal deficit at halftime.

Washington fell to Homewood-Flossmoor, 1-0, and lost the tourney opener to Rock Island, 4-1.

Since joining the tournament in 2006, the boys cannot seem to solve the Rocks.

“We weren’t focused,” said Brooks, noting weather conditions were poor. “We weren’t quite tough enough to overcome it.”

Brooks said he realizes a season is full of ups and downs.

“Hopefully, we can turn it around and respond,” he said.

Despite matching their victory total from the last two years combined, the Panthers are not about to settle for what they have accomplished so far.

“We’re not content or happy by any means,” said Brooks.

Postseason: Washington is a No. 3 seed in the Class 2A Streator Regional.

The Panthers face No. 2 seed Dunlap at 4 p.m. Oct. 21 in the semifinal.

The first semifinal matches up top-seeded Streator against No. 4  seed LaSalle-Peru.

For some mysterious reason, the Bulldogs managed to get the No. 1 seed even though they are less qualified than either M-I school.

The regional final is set for 11 a.m. Oct. 24.

Morton is the host of the sectional, which features games on Oct. 27 and 30.