By Mark Jurgena, Reporter
For the Times-Tribune
The Kahok soccer team got back on the right track this past week with two victories to raise their overall record to 7-8.
October 5 Collinsville 4 Alton 1
Collinsville moved to 4-3 in the Southwestern Conference last Saturday with a 4-1 home win over Alton.
The Kahoks got the scoring going late in the 1st half.
Just before half, Yahir Figueroa took a free kick from 25 yards out. His left footed shot curled into the right side of the net for a 1-0 lead.
The Alton goalie tried to make an aggressive play on the ball and actually ended up with a yellow card despite another Redbird getting the worst end of the play. That brought on the Alton backup goalie to defend the kick.
In the 63rd minute, with the score tied 1-1, a Kahok corner kick eventually ended up in the back of the net courtesy of the leg of Aidan Hensler.
Wes Henze added a goal off his left foot in the 68th minute.
Mitchell Harris added to the final tally in the 78th minute on a rebound goal off a shot by Braden Schrage.
October 1 Collinsville 2 Granite City 1
A goal by Ryan Null with :30 to play sent the game to overtime where Anthony Coppotelli put in the game winner to give CHS a 2-1 road victory.
“It was a corner kick and we’re pushing hard with :30 left, the ball bounced, he got a good first touch on the ball and hit it with his left foot too which is something that doesn’t happen often with him. It was a really nice shot into the corner,” said Kahok coach Rob Lugge.
Coppotelli’s overtime goal came four minutes into overtime.
Collinsville fell behind just five minutes into the game, on a corner kick.
“The boys kept playing hard, we were generating chances, but like most of the year we just struggled putting the ball in the net,” said Lugge.
CHS has five regular season games left, including four this week.