Men’s soccer team starts their series of several away games
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Men’s soccer team starts their series of several away games

10/2/18

Dustin Teenor,

TNE writer

The men’s soccer team traveled to two away games this weekend and handled their longest trip of the season with poise.

“Road trips are always crucial games for us and you always have to come back home with some kind of results,” said Ben Watson, junior defender. “Both these games this weekend were big conference games for us, which help us when looking to qualify for the NCAA tournament.”

On Friday, Sept. 28, the team traveled to St. Charles, Mo. to face off with the Lindenwood lions. The RiverHawks started the game off down 0-1 with Lindenwood scoring their first goal in the 16th minute. Joe Garcia, senior midfielder came back with an attack of his own, scoring a goal in the 22nd minute of the game from a free kick from 20 yards out.

“When Joe made the free kick and the game tied 1-1 we felt back on top and we could start to play our game again,” said Watson. “They got an early goal on us, so we had to fight back into the game and once we got our first goal we began to take over the game.”

Both teams could not find the back of the net for the rest of the half, making them go in to half time still tied at 1-1. The RiverHawks came out of halftime with some fire, scoring the first goal in the second half off a header from Trevor Reed, senior midfielder. The goal was delivered from a right-side corner kick by Garicia before Reed finished the play to make the RiverHawks up 2-1 in the 51st minute. The Lions eventually got the last goal in regulation tying the score at 2-2. The two teams ended up having a defensive battle for the rest of the game, keeping the score tied after two 10-minute overtimes.

“We were certainly the better team, but we made little mistakes that cost us goals,” said Bailey Weeks, senior defender. “On the offensive side, we did not finish our chances to put the game away and that kept them in the game.”

The team had very little time to get ready for their next game, only having a one-day layoff between the Lindenwood and Upper Iowa match.

“it’s always tough playing away from home,” said Garcia. “I think our mindset is to just be mentally focused to get the job done.”

Sunday the RiverHawks came out ready to play, scoring four points against Upper Iowa while only allowing them two goals of their own. The RiverHawks were not afraid to share the goals, with three different players scoring for the team. James Doyle, sophomore defender scored twice, scoring in the 5th and 62nd minute. Aaron Urbah, junior forward and Garcia both got one goal of their own with Urbah’s goal coming off an assist from Garcia to score from less then ten yards out.

 

“It was great contributing,” said Ugbah. “It’s always a nice feeling when you can put your team up by 1 or 2, getting a second goal right after our first was a big deal. It gave us more confidence and created more and more chances.”

The RiverHawks scored those four goals before Upper Iowa could even get one. The Peacocks finally deliver their first goal in the 78th minute of the game. The RiverHawks ended up giving their opponent another goal in the 88th minute of action but it was too late for an Upper Iowa comeback. The final whistle blew and the RiverHawks traveled back home with a 4-2 victory in conference play.

“It was a must win for us because we were 0-1-1 in conference at that point,” said Watson.  “It was huge for us to get that win and now we get to focus on these next couple of games coming up and have some momentum to build off of.”

The RiverHawks will play away at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 5 at Searcy, Arkansas to face the Harding Bison.

Ben Watson junior defender advances the ball down field. Watson assisted James Doyle, sophomore defender on a corner kick in Sundays game against the peacocks to but them up 1-0.


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