Quad City Eagles Men’s team clinched the Midwest Central Conference title on Sunday, July 7th after a successful weekend doubleheader. On Saturday the Eagles ran rampant over Eau Claire Aris, winning 8-1. Javier Bautista scored twice to take his tally to 8 on the season, Kendrick Tyson added one, with WIU standout Drew Edmond netting 2 goals along with SAU Forward Charlie MacInnes’ 2 goals. United Township graduate and SIU prospect Drew Merideth finished the scoring. Even with a tally of 8 there could have been more. Head coach Scott Mejia, started making changes early in the match with a 4-1 lead and an eye on Sundays potential title clincher against perennial challengers Madison 56ers coming to town on fresh legs.
Sundays game saw only one change to the Eagles line up with SAU Midfielder Ryan McEvoy joining the bench. The match started as expected with the 2 teams looking to defend first and then exploit their opponent. The Eagles nearly drew first blood when Bautista hit the side netting. The Eagles would come close again when Forward Eddie Garza was clean through with Madison’s GK. Garza was brought down by the trailing Madison defender but referee saw nothing wrong with an obvious foul. What should have been a penalty for the Eagles and a red card for Madison was waved off. The Eagles would avenge the decision a few minutes later when Bautista was sent through and scored. Moments later Emlyn Jacoby would score from a fantastic free-kick from 30 yards. Madison’s Anthony Santaga would pull a goal back from a dead ball situation near half time. The 2nd half started as the first ended with Madison pressing for the equalizer. If not for a bad defensive miscue that opportunity seemed like it was a long way off though. A miscue, however, did occur and Madison’s Carlos McCrary pounced to net the goal, leveling the game at 2-2. The match was poised on a knife edge when 56ers sub #20, having just come on lost his composure, slamming Jacoby to the ground resulting in a straight red card. From that moment on the Eagles used the man advantage to send wave after wave at Madison’s shaky back line. Numerous defensive mistakes gifted chances to the Eagles; yet we failed to convert time and again. The 3rd goal finally came in the 72nd minute and it seemed to break Madison’s spirit. Ultimately a fourth goal followed and a defense that had only conceded 6 all season had surrendered 4 on the day. Bautista ran his league leading tally to 10 with his 2nd 2 goal game in as many days. As the final whistle blew the Eagles bench cleared and the celebrations started with Mejia being doused with an ice bath on the field. The Eagles will now host the Great Lakes Tournament winner on July 20th at Pleasant Valley HS in Bettendorf IA at 6:00 PM.