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Men’s soccer wins via shutout

September 20, 2013

The Fighting Scots gave Kooten Johnson his first win as head coach of the men’s soccer team in a 1-0 victory against the Culver-Stockton College Wildcats. Isaac Hernandez scored the lone goal in the contest that ultimately led to the Fighting Scots’ win.

Hernandez scored on a free kick ten minutes into the game when the ball sailed passed the Wildcats goalkeeper and found the corner of the net. “The team needed it, I needed it” said Isaac Hernandez about scoring his first goal of the season. Coach Johnson commented on Isaac Hernandez’s goal. “We got a nice goal out of it; it was a nice free kick.”

Matt Schmidt at goalkeeper excelled with five saves. Early in the second half, Schmidt made an incredible save, to keep the game tied at 1-1. Matt Schmidt was not the only one responsible for the shutout, as Monmouth’s defense kept the Wildcats offense at bay. “Our defensive shape was good” said Coach Johnson after the game, commenting on his team’s defensive effort.

The Wildcats had a fair number of missed opportunities in which corner kicks were kicked too close to the goalkeeper, losing a player to a red card and a free kick just outside of the penalty box with only seven minutes remaining that sailed severe feet above Matt Schmidt head.

Coach Johnson spoke after the game about how crucial it was to beat the Wildcats. “It’s very important, that’s the first win of the season, and we finally got over the hump in terms of competing for 90 minutes and staying focused” said Johnson. “It’s good to see 90 minutes and we got a shutout and we got the win, the guys are happy and I’m happy.”

Daniel Guzman at one point appeared to have hurt his ankle during an aggressive slide tackle by Wildcats midfielder Dominic Caruso. Caruso recieved a red card three minutes after a yellow card on a similarly hard tackle on Guzman. Guzman left the field for a few minutes but was able to return to the game without missing any time.

This win over the Wildcats improves the Fighting Scots’ record to 1-4-1 and ends a two game losing streak in which the Fighting Scots allowed four goals in each of the previous two games. Culver-Stockton leads the all-time series 3-2 but the Fighting Scots have won the last two meetings.

Jose Aranda
Contributing Writer

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