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Coal City soccer can now put it on the board

Coached by Michael Kostbade, the Coal City soccer squad won its first ever regional 
championship on Friday in Herscher.
Coached by Michael Kostbade, the Coal City soccer squad won its first ever regional championship on Friday in Herscher.

HERSCHER — Chicago White Sox broadcaster Hawk Harrelson would have had a field day describing Coal City’s 1-0 regional championship victory over Reed-Custer.

You can put it on the board, yes!

For the first time ever, the Coalers soccer team has taken claim to regional hardware, in the process they will get to go where no girls team has gone before.

“In the middle of the season when we were stuck inside because of the weather, we were looking up at our sports boards and we noticed that soccer was empty,” Coal City senior goalie and captain Sarah Sirovy said. “Mr. Kostbade said back then that we were going to be the first ones to put something up there.”

Coach Mike Kostbade was indeed right as the Coal City girls soccer board will now have ‘2013 regional championship’ on it.

“We have that sign up in the gym for when teams win a regional, or sectional or state,” Kostbade said after his team accepted its hardware. “It’s something the girls should be excited about.”

Coal City got the lone goal of the day when Donjeta Shabani scored her 15th goal of the season. This with an assist from Ashley Jezik in the 23rd minute. Other than that, the rest was left up to the defense.

All totaled, there were just 17 shots on goal by the two teams combined. Alisha Johnson had five of those while Shabani had three, Brynna Borgra two and both Brittany Jezik and Megan Jessen one each.

“When Alisha and I was handed (the plaque) there is no describing the feeling,” Sirovy said. “This is just awesome.”

Sirovy had four saves on the night as the team recorded its 10th shutout of the season.

The Coalers are now 11-3-1 and will play at the Chicago Christian Sectional on Tuesday. There they will play the Panthers. Manteno advanced by winning the Beecher Regional by a 6-1 score.

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