MONTICELLO, Ill. -- In the Sages' 3-0 victory over Olympia in the Monticello Regional semifinal match, they were led by a player whom Blue Ridge soccer fans may see as a familiar foe.
Earlier in the regular season, Jacob Hanselman scored the match-winning goal with 5:21 left in Monticello's 3-2 victory over the Knights.
Against the Spartans, Hanselman received a pass from Eli Smith and found the left side of the net with 10:55 left in the first half to give the Sages a 2-0 lead. Then, with 34:10 left in the second half, he set up Matt Wells for a shot toward the middle of the net to put Monticello up 3-0.
"We need to do the best we can to try to shut down Jacob Hanselman," Blue Ridge senior forward J.J. Malone said.
Junior defender Travys Nichols said Blue Ridge will not try a different game plan to keep Hanselman in check this time around.
"We just have to play our game like we know to play it," Nichols said.
If Blue Ridge wins the regional championship, it will be one step ahead of where the Knights finished last year. In the 2010 season, the Knights lost to Warrensburg-Latham 1-0 in a regional final match.
Their regional championship match against Monticello will take place on Saturday at 11 a.m.
The winner of that match will play in the Warrensburg-Latham Sectional semifinal against the winner of the Chillicothe Illinois Valley Central Regional on Tuesday at 4 p.m..