It was a closer call than the first meeting, but it ended the same way for Sullivan Eagles soccer.
Sullivan (12-7-1, 4-0) remained atop the Four Rivers Conference Standings with a 2-1 win on the road at Pacific (4-9, 2-3) Tuesday, completing a season sweep of the 2017 conference champions.
The game was a rematch of a 2-0 contest at Sullivan earlier this month.
“It was really close,” Sullivan Head Coach Bill Kackley said. “They attacked us a little more than they did last time, but we held them in check. They didn’t get very many shots on goal.”
Sullivan goalkeeper Jacob Wiley made two saves out of just three shots on goal by Pacific.
Meanwhile, Pacific goalkeeper Bailey Hoehne racked up 26 saves on the night, allowing two goals to get through from Landon Hoffman and Jacob Rohrer. Both Sullivan goals came in the first half, providing the team with a 2-0 lead at the intermission.
Collin Farrell and Hoffman each picked up an assist for the Eagles.
“We had a similar situation last year where we were up 2-0 and they came back and beat us, so we really focused on defense in the second half,” Kackley said.
It wasn’t until the final 30 seconds of the game that Pacific busted up Wiley’s clean sheet with a goal by Timmy White, assisted by Jacob Sauvage.
Conference games Monday at home against St. Clair and at Union this coming Tuesday are all that remains on the schedule for the Eagles. At 3-1, Union sits just one game behind Sullivan and could force at least a split of the conference title by winning out against Pacific and Sullivan.
Pacific next plays Wednesday in Washington.