After a short midseason slump, the Mahomet-Seymour boys' soccer team bounced back to win Apollo Conference games against Effingham and Taylorville, and three Bulldogs earned all-sectional honors.
"We had a bit of a downturn after seeding where we were coming out a bit flat," coach Jeremy Davis said. "I felt that the Effingham game was the first that we came out a bit hungrier and had better movement off the ball.
"The hope is that we are kicking it back into gear with postseason play kicking off."
Against Taylorville last Thursday, the Bulldogs hosted an emotional Senior Night, in which the seniors were announced and squad members remembered their fallen teammate, Jacob Hamilton, who passed away in a car accident in May.
Hamilton would have started for M-S in goal in what would have been his senior year.
In honor of Hamilton, both teams played the first two minutes without a goalkeeper on the field.
"We had a pretty perfect senior night for the boys," Davis said. "We wanted to get out of the game healthy and with a few more positive memories. We did both."
The Bulldogs started an all-senior lineup to defeat the Tornadoes 8-0.
"We had some defenders that were able to get their first goals for us," Davis said. "Connor Johnson and Brandon Butzin both were able to find the back of the net.
"It was really enjoyable watching the boys work so hard for one another."
Those were the first goals of the year for Butzin and Johnson.
Brandon Bussman scored two goals to lead the team.
Zach Schnepper, Callan Whitehouse and Austin Carr closed outthe scoring for the Bulldogs.
Gabe Fulk and Trevor Burgess each recorded two assists. Schnepper, Ethan Mansfield and Bussman each had one assist.
A night earlier, M-S defeated Effingham 8-0 on a rainy, wet Wednesday night.
Trevor Burgess led the Bulldogs with two goals and three assists.
Jacob Peterson opened up the scoring by beating his man on the wing to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead.
Carr and Fulk each scored two goals. Wyatt Berg had one.
Mansfield dished out two assists. Kerry Lippold Jr. and Carter Osman each had an assist.
Also last week, Bussman and Mansfield were selected to the all-sectional team.
Butzin earned all-sectional honorable mention status.
Area coaches vote for the all-sectional team selections.
The wins moved the M-S record to 15-4-3 overall.
M-S is the No. 2-seeded team and hosted itsown Class 2A regional, which started on Wednesday,
The championship match is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at the Middletown Field.
The regional winner will compete in the sectional, which will be held on Oct. 24 and 27 at Urbana High School.