GODFREY – Timmy Jurado’s voice could be heard throughout Rooney Stadium. As time drew to a close in a scoreless tie against rival Illinois Central, Jurardo asked teammate Sean Docherty:
Jurardo was about to make another pass as the LCCC Trailblazers worked the ball up the field and switched it from the left wing across the field near the ICCC penalty area.
Jurardo has another pass. And he did his best, putting the ball past Illinois Central goaltender Lucas Fontana and into the net with 1:57 left in regulation. The goal helped LCCC to a 1-0 Region 24 win and put the Trailblazers back in contention for home field advantage in the regional postseason tournament.
Jurado, a sophomore at Lindbergh High School, said he thought he had the best angle for a shot during that crucial late possession.
“I knew I had my best shot,” Jurado said. “When I saw Sean get the pass from Bakuena, I wanted them to turn it to me because the defense was closing in on him.”
It worked exactly as Jurado expected. Bakuena Ramakatsa squared a pass to Sean Docherty, who in turn complied with Jurado’s pleas and sent the ball to him.
“It feels pretty good,” Jurado said. “I was glad I was able to make the shot.”
So was first-year LCCC coach John Dunn.
“It was a great win and the kind of game we could get more momentum from,” Dunn said. “I think it’s fair to say that.
“I know it’s exciting to win like that and I’m glad I did it. But I also thought our players did a very good job for the whole 90 minutes. They controlled the game for the most part and stayed focused throughout the game.” “
The Trailblazers swarmed around the Illinois Central goal for most of the game, but couldn’t score until Jurado’s blast.
In the first half, Enzo Rabot intercepted a pass from Illinois Central and fired a 15-yard shot that went wide of the crossbar. Then, with 16 minutes left in the first half, Justin Davison went wide.
In the second half, LCCC’s Jovanny Nsonga, with his back to the goal, attempted an overhead kick from about 10 yards out that was smothered by the Cougars’ defense.
The win puts the Trailblazers at 4-4 overall and 2-1 in Region 24 heading into the game. It was LCCC’s second win over Illinois Central in less than a week. They also beat the Cougars 3-1 in East Peoria on Saturday.
LCCC will be swept to 3-0 in September when they host Lincoln Trail at Tim Rooney Stadium in their last game against Region 24 competition. The Statesmen defeated LCCC 4-1 at Robinson earlier this season and are 1-1 in regional play before a Saturday matchup with ICC in East Peoria.
After the home game against Lincoln Trail on Sept. 30, the Trailblazers play at Indian Hills CC in Ottumwa, Iowa on Oct. 6 and East Central College on Oct. 12 before finishing the regular season against Parkland College and St. Louis Community College.
“We have a week of practice,” Dunn said, “to recover a little bit and get ready for the Lincoln Trail.”
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