Kahoks Soccer Runs Into Difficult Stretch Of Schedule

By Mark Jurgena

For the Times-Tribune

Collinsville’s rugged schedule reared its ugly head the past couple of weeks as the Kahoks went 1-3 in Southwestern Conference play and also dropped a decision to CBC.

“Really we’ve played well and made improvements every game. We’ve just had unfortunate results. With the schedule we play, you can’t have mistakes,” CHS coach Rob Lugge said.

September 26

O’Fallon 2 Collinsville 0

The Kahoks fell to 3-4 in SWC play at home against the Panthers. O’Fallon

“We played well, we just are struggling to find the back of the net,” commented Lugge.

The first Panther goal was scored late in the 2nd half off a corner kick.

September 24 Collinsville 2 Belleville West 1

Yahir Figueroa scored on a penalty kick with 1:43 to play in the 2nd overtime to give CHS a 2-1 win at West.

The penalty kick was awarded because of a handball in the goal box.

“It was kind of a scrum that was going on and we played a ball in and luckily for us and unfortunately for them it hit a kids’ hand,” Lugge said.

West’s goalie Dustin Richardson initially saved it but couldn’t completely stop the momentum of the ball and it trickled over the goal line.

Just to get to overtime CHS had to knock in a 2nd half goal.

With 23 minutes left to play, and West holding a 1-0 lead, Anthony Coppotelli buried a header into the back corner of the net off a corner kick from Nick Corzine.

Logan Rader was in goal for CHS.

September 23 CBC 3 Collinsville 0

CBC scored three 2nd half goals to win this interstate shootout in Town & Country, Mo.

The Cadets sat at #11 in the stltoday.com poll despite their 5-4-1 record.

“They’re a powerhouse in the area, no matter what the record you got to watch out for them,”said Lugge.

The game was scoreless well into the 2nd half. CBC scored three times in the last 15 minutes of the contest.

This was the Kahoks third straight game they had been shutout.

September 19 Edwardsville 5 Collinsville 0

The Tigers came into the game ranked #5 in the stltoday.com large school poll and used an early barrage of 2nd half goals to beat CHS 5-0 in Edwardsville.

Trailing 1-0 late in the 1st half, CHS missed a penalty kick near halftime that would’ve tied the score. Edwardsville used the momentum from that to score three goals in the first 6:30 of the 2nd half to take a commanding 4-0 lead.

September 17

Belleville East 1 Collinsville 0

A 2nd half goal was all East needed to claim a home victory over CHS.

“It’s kind of the same story, we played well, we just couldn’t find the back of the net. I think in that game we had the better of the play, said Lugge.

“We did have one slight mishap on our back line we did get caught out of position and East put the ball in the back of the net.”

Collinsville sat at 5-8 on the year.

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