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Iowa Wesleyan men’s soccer tops Rockford, fall to Central

Sep 21, 2017
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Richard Neeves handles the ball during Saturday’s win.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News

 

The Iowa Wesleyan men went 1-1 in a four-day stretch that saw the Tigers host Rockford College and travel to Pella to play Central College.

The Tigers topped Rockford 4-1 at home on Saturday, but couldn’t quite pull off the road win on Wednesday, falling 3-2 to Central.

IW continued to show off their speed on Saturday. They kept the pressure on all game long and scored four goals on 10 shots on goal.

The Tigers scored first in the seventh minute on a goal by Elicer Urena. Just over one minute later, it was Alvaro Sebastian who found the back of the net and it was 2-0 early.

IW scored once more in the first half when Fabian Sanchez got some room and sent in the third Tiger goal of the period. At the halftime break, it was IW leading 3-0.

Rockford was able to get a handful of shots in the second half but Trevor Haasis made save a couple of jumping saves to rob the Rejents and keep the score at 3-0 halfway through the period.

Sanchez put the game on ice late in the 73rd minute. He scored his second goal of the day, this time off a rebound, to put the Tigers up 4-0.

Rockford was able to spoil the shutout in the last minute. Bailey Beard put one past Haasis off the rebound and ended the scoring at 4-1.

The Tigers put up a good fight against an undefeated Central squad on Wednesday, but the Dutch escaped with a one-goal win.

Central’s Miguel Pina put in the first goal of the day in the eighth minute. The score would stay 1-0 until very early in the second half.

Less than two minutes into the second period, Pablo Garcia gave the Tigers a game-tying goal. Central, however, was able to score twice more over the next 15 minutes to take a 3-1 lead.

The Tigers didn’t go down easily. Jose Baldo Gomez found Jose Pastor in the 86th minute, and Pastor put one past the keeper to put the pressure back on at 3-2. IW ran out of time, however, and fell to 3-3-1 on the season.

The Tiger men will host Nebraska Christian College on Friday, Sept. 22, at 2 p.m., with the women’s game following. That will be the last home game on the IW men’s schedule before conference play opens up in October.

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