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Senior Mid Cole Gilpin takes the ball into Effingham territory and laughing while he does so. The Tornadoes go on to beat the Flaming Hearts 11-1 for the big Senior Day victory
Lucas Domonousky Breeze-Courier Photo
Breeze-Courier Sports Writer
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville soccer team put on a show against Effingham on Saturday morning for Senior Day. They exploded with 11 goals and won the last home game of the regular season, 11-1.
All the soccer players on both teams were recog- nized, but everyone knew this was about the Taylorville seniors. They were honored for their hard work this season at the beginning the game.
Effingham began with the ball but had it ripped away and within the first five minutes Taylorville senior forward Casey Stickel had scored two goals. He wasn’t the only Tornado with a goal in the match. All the Tornadoes were hungry to score. Senior forward Hunter Fry came flying in for the goal at the 10 minute mark. Fry had two goals in the match.
Sophomore Trysten Anderson joined in, too. The game was off to a great start and it was only halfway done. Taylorville was up 7-0 gat halftime.
Coming out in the second half, the Tornadoes resumed their tear on the struggling Hearts with a goal from senior Jacob Staples.
Effingham answered but that would be the team’s only goal in the contest.
Junior defender Cole Paulek joined in with a spectacular header for Taylorville, being assisted by senior teammate Hunter Fry, as Paulek placed the ball into the Effingham goal with grace. Taylorville found the net one more time by senior Kole Buckley ending the game, making it 11-1.
“The guys knew they wanted it,” said a proud Head Coach Tim Karbach. “We’ve got seven (senior) guys, three of them were four year players and they wanted it and it was good for them.”
Karbach mentioned how close this senior group of players.
“A lot of them have been playing with each other since Y leagues. So they’re real close,” he said.
Taylorville wins their sixth game of the season. It is the most wins by a Taylorville Tornado soccer team since 2010.
The Tornadoes goes for win number seven on Tuesday as they will travel to Lincoln to battle conference rival Railsplitters.