Men’s Soccer kick off home opener

The Joliet Junior College men’s soccer team opened its season on Aug. 22 defending their home turf against Illinois Valley.

The Wolves  jumped out to an early lead scoring two unanswered goals in the first half. The first was scored by freshman Christian Galvan, unassisted, and the second by freshman Jaime Huichapa, assisted by Galvan.

Illinois Valley came out in the second half ready to play. The Eagles answered with two goals of their own, tying the score.

The Wolves and the Eagles were tied until sophomore Jorge Navas shot and scored—breaking the tie in the 60th minute. The Wolves went on to win the game 3-2.

The Wolves’ overall shots on goal were 11 to Illinois Valley’s 12.

The standout performance of the game came from Galvan with one goal of his own and two assists.

The Wolves have a young roster with only five returning sophomores. However, the strong performance by both Galvan and Huichapa proves that while the team is young, they are more than capable of scoring.

One of the returning sophomores is their goalkeeper, Christian Aguayo.

Aguayo played all 90 minutes and saved two shots on net which kept Illinois Valley at two goals, which was enough to win.

The men’s soccer team is filled with talented players and are led by their head coach Chris Trillo.

Trillo is now in his 17th year as the men’s soccer coach at Joliet Junior College. Last season, he led the team to an above .500 record of 8-7-1.

The Wolves are off to a great start on improving that record and they will have many chances to do so throughout the fall.

This week, they will travel to Illinois Valley Aug. 29 for a chance to take two in a row against the Eagles. Follow their schedule online for more game dates and times!

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