MORTON – The Batavia boys soccer team settled for a 1-2 mark at the Morton Invitational, including a pair of tight losses on Saturday.
After opening the tournament with a 2-1, penalty kick win against Edwardsville on Friday, the Bulldogs fell, 3-2, to Moline and 2-1 to Urbana on Saturday.
Still, coach Mark Gianfrancesco detects progress from his Bulldogs (2-6).
"I think prior to going down here we were struggling to get opportunities in the offensive third," Gianfrancesco said. "That's what we did very well in the whole tournament, and dominated possession. ... Now the next piece is finishing those chances and being mentally tough to step up and finish those when the opportunity arises."
Gianfrancesco was speaking from a relatively empty team bus Saturday afternoon as many players scattered to take part in the remainder of the school's homecoming weekend.
"Everybody just jumped in cars with their families or whatever and blazed it back up here for the homecoming festivities," Gianfrancesco said.
Wheeling Invitational: At Traditions at Chevy Chase in Wheeling, St. Charles North placed 14th out of 25 teams with a team score of 321. Dan Shepherd (77), Raghav Cherala (80), Matt Samuleson (80) and Jason McAleese (84) counted in North's score; Santino Salamone also shot an 84.
Glenbrook North won the tournament at 288. St. Charles East (327) came in 17th.
Aurora Christian Tournament: Aurora Christian went 4-1, beating Hinckley-Big Rock, Proviso West, Wilmington and Woodstock, but falling to Rolling Meadows. Faith Montalbano had 39 kills, nine blocks and 27 digs for the Eagles, while Taylor Knauf (63 assists) and Makayla Beebe (71 digs) also led Aurora Christian.
Mary Lou Kunold Invitational: Host Rosary's top doubles team of Andrea Goyao and Meghan Conlin went 3-0, and the Royals came in second to victorious Waubonsie Valley.
Glenbard South Quad: St. Francis (14 points) nipped Fenwick (13) and Glenbard South (12) for the team title. St. Ignatius came in last.