January 27, 2022 Local Stories in and Around St. Joseph, Illinois

Thomey, Emmert help SJO soccer continue early success

Two days without any matches might seem like a long break for the St. Joseph-Ogden High School soccer team.

Then again, with the way the Spartans have opened the season, coach Bill DeJarnette’s program might not want to take a break.

The Spartans continued their solid start with a 4-1 home win against nonconference foe Schlarman on Monday. Collin Thomey and Jared Emmert each scored two goals for SJO (3-1-1), with Garrett Siems, Jackson Greer and Brennan Haake each picking up an assist.

Hunter Ketchum made 11 saves for the Spartans, who led 3-0 at halftime.

On Saturday, the Spartans tied Danville 2-2 at home. Danville led 1-0 at halftime before a goal off a penalty kick by Will Page tied the match at 1. The Vikings went ahead again 2-1, but Aiden Cromwell tied the match again with a goal off an assist from Thomey. Ketchum finished with six saves in the match.

Prior to Saturday, the Spartans sustained their first loss of the season, falling 4-2 to Uni High in a nonconference home match last Thursday. The Spartans took a 1-0 lead off a goal by Thomey that was assisted by Spenser Wilson. Uni High led 2-1 at halftime before SJO tied the match at 2 following a goal from Cromwell that was assisted by Siems. But Uni High responded with two more goals to earn the win. Ketchum finished with 16 saves.

Two days without any matches might seem like a long break for the St. Joseph-Ogden High School soccer team.

Then again, with the way the Spartans have opened the season, coach Bill DeJarnette’s program might not want to take a break.

The Spartans continued their solid start with a 4-1 home win against nonconference foe Schlarman on Monday. Collin Thomey and Jared Emmert each scored two goals for SJO (3-1-1), with Garrett Siems, Jackson Greer and Brennan Haake each picking up an assist.

Hunter Ketchum made 11 saves for the Spartans, who led 3-0 at halftime.

On Saturday, the Spartans tied Danville 2-2 at home. Danville led 1-0 at halftime before a goal off a penalty kick by Will Page tied the match at 1. The Vikings went ahead again 2-1, but Aiden Cromwell tied the match again with a goal off an assist from Thomey. Ketchum finished with six saves in the match.

Prior to Saturday, the Spartans sustained their first loss of the season, falling 4-2 to Uni High in a nonconference home match last Thursday. The Spartans took a 1-0 lead off a goal by Thomey that was assisted by Spenser Wilson. Uni High led 2-1 at halftime before SJO tied the match at 2 following a goal from Cromwell that was assisted by Siems. But Uni High responded with two more goals to earn the win. Ketchum finished with 16 saves.

Next up for SJO: A 4:30 p.m. match at Hoopeston Area on Thursday, the team’s lone remaining match this week.

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