The men’s soccer team was back in action on the home pitch Friday, Sept. 4, hosting Iowa’s Cornell College. In front of an excited, bustling home crowd (students lined both fences at Ochrymowycz Field, as the bleachers were packed with spectators), the boys left little room for doubt with a statement-making 7-0 victory over the visiting Rams. Six players scored and seven players had assists in what truly turned out to be a total team effort in the Cardinal victory.
Head Coach Pete Watkins discusses second-half strategy while goalkeeper Nate Levy (So.) warms up to play.
Photo by Emily Loof
Andrew Jaworski (So.) opened up the scoring early, just eleven minutes into the game, off a deflected cross from Cody Balogh (Sr.) an effort that was quickly followed by a goal from wide of the net by teammate Kareem Rassas (Sr., assist to James Larson, Jr.). Jaworski then got in the action again and assisted Blake Dimock (So.) on a free kick goal. The Cardinals entered their halftime talk with coach Pete Watkins with a 3-0 lead and lots of enthusiasm.
The team was definitely not done with scoring; the second half saw goals from Jared Wolt (So., assisted by senior Ryan Geidner), Chris Beiersdorf (Fr., assisted by junior Victor Mendoza), and Balogh (assisted by junior Jimmy Dreshar). Rassas wrapped up the scoring with his second of the night off of a textbook header from a ball sent by sophomore Jimmy Canedo with ten minutes left. The Cardinals also maintained their classy play, acting as respectful hosts despite a last-minute scuffle resulting in a red card for the Rams’ Carlos Tellez (So.).
With two home victories in their first two games, the men’s soccer team has proven that they have an exciting season ahead of them and are hungry for more success. They are back in action Wednesday, Sept. 9, playing on the home pitch again as they host Luther College at 8pm.