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Chargers End Historic Season With 4-2 Loss in Region IV Semis

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Oct. 30, 2013
DES PLAINES—The Carl Sandburg College men’s soccer team’s best season in program history came to an end Wednesday with a 4-2 loss at Oakton in the semifinals of the Region IV tournament.

The Chargers (15-5-0), who came in with nine wins in their 10 previous matches, were unable to recover from a 3-0 halftime deficit following goals in the 3rd, 28th and 36th minutes for the Raiders.

Sandburg got both of its goals from sophomore Jesse Bathelt. In the 50th minute, freshman Jake Kirchoff-Sleet headed freshman Jalen Jones’ throw-in over to Bathelt, who finished it off to cut the Chargers’ deficit to 3-1. After Oakton scored in the 74th minute to regain its three-goal advantage, Bathelt converted a penalty for the game’s final score.

“We had a lot of good chances, but we just didn’t finish enough of them and their keeper made some nice stops,” Sandburg interim coach Kokou Kaho said. “It’s a tough way to end the season, but I couldn’t be more proud of our guys’ effort. They did a lot of great things for this program, and hopefully we can build on it for next year.”

Sandburg finished the season with the most wins in school history (15), tripling the previous mark of five, which was set last season. The Chargers also claimed the Region IV Champions Division title, the first championship of any kind in the program’s history.

Oakton advances to face the winner of Wednesday’s other semifinal between Waubonsee and Morton at noon Saturday for the Region IV championship.