CATLIN — The Salt Fork/Westville soccer program honored five seniors before Tuesday’s Vermilion Valley Conference match against Hoopeston Area.
At the end of the match, Jordan Romo, one of the five seniors, scored one of the biggest goals of his career on a penalty kick in the final minute to give the Storm Tigers a 2-1 victory over the Cornjerkers.
“No, I didn’t know how much time was left,’’ Romo said. “I just thought it was my duty as a team captain and as a senior to to take the kick — and finish it.
“It was very emotional and it’s a good way to cap our senior day.’’
Romo slipped a shot in the left-handed corner of the net as Hoopeston Area keeper Trey Layden went diving right.
“I’m so proud of him,’’ Salt Fork/Westville coach Todd Woods said. “For him to step up as a senior on senior day and finish it on the PK is a great accomplishment.’’
With the victory, the Storm Tigers (9-6 overall) keep their hopes alive to claim a share of the conference title. Salt Fork/Westville improves to 6-1 in the league, while Hoopeston Area (15-3 overall) has finished the conference season at 7-1.
“It will be the first-ever conference title,’’ said junior Noah Darr, of the Salt Fork/Westville program that has been together for eight years. “It will be great to get something to put up on the walls at school for the soccer program.’’
But Woods was quick to point out, his team still has some work to do.
“A week ago, we told our kids that we could get a piece of the conference title if we won out,’’ he said. “That’s been our goal, but we still have to finish it on Thursday against Oakwood.’’