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Iowa Wesleyan men top Cornell

Sep 14, 2017
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Blas Villaseca celebrates after making it 3-1 with a goal in the second half.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News


The Iowa Wesleyan men’s soccer team simply wore down Cornell College in its non-conference home game on Wednesday evening. The Tigers outlasted the Rams 3-1 behind three second-half goals.

The first half was quiet as neither team was able to get quality rushes at the net. After 45 minutes of play the Tigers and Rams were all knotted up at 0-0.

In the second half, however, IW had the Rams playing on their heels. Less than three minutes into the period, Pablo Garcia received a pass from Alvaro Sebastian and popped a shot just over the post. Sebastian had his own run moments later, drawing the keeper out but sailing his shot a little high as well.

With just over 35 minutes remaining, Blas Villaseca sprung loose past the Cornell defense and got a good shot on goal. The Rams’ keeper made a diving stop on the ball but Sebastian was there for the follow and made it 1-0 with the first goal of the day.

Less than one-and-a-half minutes later, the Tigers struck again. This time it was Garcia, who earned a one-on-one with the keeper and poked the ball past him, making it 2-0 in the blink of an eye.

After turning away a few Tiger shots, the Rams were able to cut the lead in half with a penalty kick. IW was called for a hand-ball in the box and Cornell’s Pierto Amado lazered in the PK to make it 2-1 in the 69th minute.

In the 77th minute, the Tigers put the game on ice. Garcia got a good pass downfield and sent a hard shot off a diving keeper. Villaseca found the ball on his foot and sent it in to stretch the lead back to 3-1, where the scoring would end.

IW finished the game with seven shots on goal, compared to three for Cornell. Tiger goalkeeper Trevor Haasis made two saves on the day to earn the win in net.

The Tigers moved to 2-2-1 this season. They will host Rockford College in their next game on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 12 p.m.

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