10-14-2014 | Sugar Grove
Panther slide by Chiefs on a rainy afternoon in ISCC finale
Opponent: Panthers at Chiefs
3 - 4 (L)
On a soggy pitch in Sugar Grove, Morton College slide past the Chiefs 4-3 in an intense Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference battle. The tough loss dropped Waubonsee to 7-7-1 overall on the season as the two-time defending ISCC champs finished a disappointing 2-4-1 in conference play. The Chiefs just appeared to run out of time in the see-saw affair against the Panthers (14-1, 6-1), who finished second in the ISCC standings with their lone loss coming in double overtime to league champion Oakton Community College. Morton struck first just two minutes into the contest to grab some early momentum. Waubonsee's Jorge Sandoval evened things up midway through the first half as he scored his second goal of the season with an assist from Rodrigo Bernal. Akim Suraji then gave Waubonsee a 2-1 lead only three minutes into the second half with his sixth goal of the fall, taking a feed from Daniel Miranda. It was a short lived lead however as the Panther knotted the score at two just three minutes later. The intense match continued to go back and forth before Morton grabbed a 3-2 lead at the 26 minute mark. The Chiefs had a couple good opportunities to pull even, but were unable to. As a steady rain fell the Panthers stole the ball and quickly pushed the ball up field, catching the Chiefs off guard as they punched in their fourth goal with 11:55 remaining in the match. However, Waubonsee was not done as they responded shortly thereafter with Sandoval blasting in his second goal of the day off an assist from Daniel Hernandez to make it a one goal game with 8:53 to go. Again the Chiefs had a couple prime opportunities in the final minutes, but could not pull even. Their best chance came with three minutes remaining when Suraji took a pass in front of the Panther's goal just 10 yards out. But before the Chiefs' forward could control the ball in the slippery conditions, Morton keeper Brandon Silvera dove on the ball to prevent him from getting off a potential game-tying shot. Waubonsee out shot the Panthers 12-11 for the match as Chiefs' keeper Luis Gallardo was credited with seven saves in net.