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Men’s soccer shuts out Cornell: Fighting Scots win conference opener at home on Family Weekend allowing zero shots on goal

September 26, 2014

Breyana Floyd / The Courier - Freshman Zeb Soignier controls the ball. Soingier scored the first goal of the game.

Men’s soccer shut out Cornell College this weekend in their first conference game of the season. The Scots defeated the Rams 4-0 at home and started off 1-0 in the Midwest Conference.

The Scots first goal came late in the first half from freshman Zeb Soignier off of a combined assist by freshmen Jake Cogan and Luke Vandenberg.

“I think it all started with us being able to keep the ball. We had the ball in their half and were attacking the goal for the majority of the game,” Coach Kooten Johnson said. While the offense was pressuring Cornell’s defense, Monmouth’s defense was able to lock down and keep the Rams scoreless and without any shots on the goal. Captain Bryce Adams said it was a team effort that allowed for the victory.

“It’s hard to pick out players in a good performance like this. We played for each other and that’s how we were so successful,” the junior said. Shortly after the first goal, junior Max Daniels scored the Scots second goal off of an assist from fellow junior Daniel Guzman.

Coming out of halftime, the Scots doubled their lead. A pair of goals, one of which came from a penalty kick, from junior Chizobam Nkemeh gave the team the 4-0 lead where it stayed the rest of the game.

Breyana Floyd / The Courier - Freshman Erick Hernandez looks for an open teammate in the game against Cornell.

“The entire back line was key on Saturday. Bryce kept the back line organized,” Johnson said. After an injury sidelined him early in the second half, it was up to the freshmen to keep the momentum going. Johnson said the energy was good and contributed to the shutout.

“In attack they were good. The team didn’t make many mistakes and it was great to get the first conference win,” said Johnson.

The Scots only returned 13 players this season, but Johnson said the upperclassmen are integrating them well and the team is starting to reach its potential.

“It definitely makes for a deeper bench,” said Nkemeh. More players means more helathy competition for top spots on the team.

The Scots also played their first game under the lights and on turf this season against the University of Dubuque on Wednesday looking for redemption after last year’s loss. Unfortunately, they were unsuccessful and were shutout 4-0 even with 15 saves by junior Luke Cogan. Cogan was four saves shy of the school record.

The team is working towards their second conference win this weekend against rival Knox College on Saturday in Galesburg.

Erica Anderson
Courier Sports Editor

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