“Seth Belford had a remarkable game,” Jansen said. “There were two (saves) that were absolutely epic. That's where the keeper position is so difficult. There's two plays where you can keep us in the game or we're out of the game totally.”
Mt. Zion attempted a direct free kick late in the game, putting a hard-shot ball on goal, and Belford dove through the air and knocked it away.
“I just hope we got that on video tape because that one off the free kick, 25 yards out, there aren't many keepers in (Illinois Class A) that could keep that out. The kid deserves the recognition there,” Jansen said.
Only placing five of 14 shots on goal, Jansen said his team missed some opportunities, but played a “great” game against a school in a higher athletic classification.
“We're looking at this game as a good thing,” Jansen said. “That was one of our best games out there this year. (Our players) had a remarkable game, but the cards didn't quite fall their way.”
Olney, which Jansen said is his team's toughest competition regionally, also played Mt. Zion in a loss.
Jansen said Olney's loss will be a tough barometer to compare to where his team is, in comparison, but Teutopolis will get a first-hand look at Olney on Tuesday when they play them.
In comparison, both Olney and Teutopolis played Effingham this season. Olney beat Effingham, 4-3, while Teutopolis fell to the Flaming Hearts, 2-1.
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Mt. Zion	1 1	2Teutopolis	0 1	1
Goals: Kenney 37:48, 1st (MZ), Kovacs 14:42, 2nd (MZ), Blievernicht 9:36, 2nd (T)Saves: Belford 5 (T), Liming 4 (MZ)