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Men’s soccer 1-4 in conference

October 11, 2013

The Fighting Scots lost its fourth conference game of the season 2-1 to the BlueBoys of Illinois College on Oct. 3 at Peacock Memorial Athletic Park.

In the opening two minutes, Chizobam Nkemah broke loose on a break away and found the back of the net to give the Fighting Scots an early 1-0 lead. In the 27th minute of play, Illinois College BlueBoy Frankie Copado hit one in on Fighting Scots senior goal keeper Matt Schmidt. However, a penalty kick in minute 54 was the deciding factor in this game. Illinois College’s Josue Hernandez took the penalty kick.

Defensively the Fighting Scots played well and only allowed a few shots on goal. Schmidt, who had three saves on the day, said, “It was just unfortunate that the referee saw the call as penalty kick. From my angle it looked like a clean tackle, but we cannot blame this loss on the referee. We need to learn to face adversity and become mentally tough by the end of the season.”

In Saturday’s effort, the Fighting Scots shut out the Cornell Rams in a dominating victory at Mt. Vernon, Iowa. “It’s one of the best games we’ve played all season,” said Schmidt. The Fighting Scots out possessed the Rams for most of the way and out shot them 37-10. Although the major difference in shots, the Fighting Scots did not score its first goal until minute 60, when Brad Dulee took an amazing shot on goal with a pass from Max Daniels. The Fighting Scots second goal to seal the deal came in minute 84 from back-up forward Chris Franco.

The Fighting Scots defense, was the difference maker in their first conference win. The Fighting Scots allowed five shots on goal, which were all saved by Schmidt. Due to the exceptional defensive performance, Schmidt won Midwest Conference defensive player of the week. “This award could not have been won without the efforts of my teammates,” Schmidt said.

Sabotoka spoke on how the team should finish the rest of the year. “We hope to have a better overall record than last year’s record and continue to focus on defense. Also, we want to focus on beating Knox, Carroll, and Lake Forest to try and finish top four in conference.”

Darnell McKissack
Contributing Writer

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