The Chaps’ season met a disappointing end Saturday, as they were beaten by Morton 2-1 in the second round of the Region IV playoffs.
Playing Morton on the road was familiar territory for the Chaps having already lost to the Panthers 3-0 back at the beginning of the season.
The team was obviously hoping for a much different outcome than that first match-up.
To begin the game, both teams struggled to find the back of the net and neither scored in the entire first half of play.
But this lack of scoring could have been attributed to the stout defense being played by both teams.
Zeroes remained on the scoreboard until 68 minutes into the match when Morton took the lead on forward Julio Vega’s goal.
The Chaps were determined to keep their season going and they finally answered eleven
minutes after the Morton goal.
Chaps’ midfielder Victor Pizano took the ball unassisted and scored the team’s game-tying goal.
As time winded down in the second half, it was evident that the regulation 90 minutes were not enough to decide the outcome in this one.
With the score tied at one, the game went into overtime, heightening the drama for this playoff game.
Unlike the first two halves, once the overtime period started, it did not take long for a team to score.
Panthers’ midfielder Miguel Cazarez scored a goal only a minute into overtime, giving his team the victory 2-1.
Midfielder Juan Salgado was credited with his second assist of the game.
Despite the loss, the Chaps ended their year on a strong note, winning the final four regular season games and crushing Kankakee Community College in the first round of the playoffs.