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Second half surge pushes men’s soccer past St. Francis

Three second-half goals lifted the No. 11 Indiana Wesleyan University men’s soccer team as the Wildcats defeated the St. Francis Cougars by a final score of 4-1 Wednesday, Oct. 15.

The Cougars came in having lost five games in a row, but Interim Head Coach Joe Schulman said he still expected a tough game.

“Being at the top of the conference, everyone is kind of gunning for you and the fact that we’re ranked nationally just accentuates that,” Schulman said. “We definitely expected a battle.”

Corey Lopez (jr) works against a Cougar defender. (photo by Lauren Dafoe)

Corey Lopez (jr) works against a Cougar defender. (photo by Lauren Dafoe)

Wildcat Field was slippery and wet for the contest after a few days of heavy rain. Tyrone Martin (sr) said the less-than-ideal conditions forced the Wildcats to stay disciplined.

“[The conditions] caused us to focus a lot more, concentrate a lot more and just be ready,” Martin said

The Wildcats started the first half lethargically, but took a 1-0 lead into halftime on a goal by Derek Williams (fr) with four minutes to go in the half. Keaton Albert (jr) got the ball past two defenders in the corner to set up Williams’ first collegiate goal.

After a passionate speech from Dylan Bronkema (sr), it was all Wildcats in the second half. The team came out of halftime with much more energy and effort.

“This team’s pretty mature,” Schulman said. “We were able to rally at halftime and really bring significant effort into the second half.”

But the Cougars would not go quietly, tying the game at 1 on a goal from Alexis Ferreira da Silva (jr) that slipped right through goalkeeper Josh Goepper’s (jr) hands. Ferreira da Silva drew boos from the Wildcat faithful after a flashy celebration, sliding through the grass and posing in front of the bleachers.

Taylor Lehman (jr) scored the third goal of the night for the Wildcats. (photo by Lauren Dafoe)

Taylor Lehman (jr) scored the third goal of the night for the Wildcats. (photo by Lauren Dafoe)

Martin answered for the Wildcats about 10 minutes later, putting the Wildcats up 2-1. Corey Lopez (jr) weaved the ball through three Cougars defenders to assist Martin on the goal. Four minutes later, Taylor Lehman (jr) headed a pass from Evan Young (so) into the back of the net for the Wildcats’ third goal.

Things heated up when Goepper and Cougar defenseman Alex Fletcher (sr) got tangled up in front of the net and began to shove each other. Fletcher was given a yellow card.

Seth Kintigh (jr) helped the Wildcats pour it on late with a goal assisted by Young, and the Wildcats cruised to a 4-1 victory.

The Wildcats won their 11th straight game and remain in first place in the Crossroads League, with an undefeated league record of 6-0 and overall record of 12-1. Their next game is Saturday, Oct. 18 at home against Huntington University.

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Men’s soccer defeats rival Taylor

The Indiana Wesleyan University men’s soccer team can take pride in the fact that they defeated their biggest rival tonight, Taylor University, with a 3-2 victory.

Assistant Coach Joe Shulman said the Wildcats expected a hard-fought battle.

Tyrone Martin (sr) scored the first of three goals for the Wildcats tonight.

Tyrone Martin (sr, right) assisted Keaton Albert (jr, left) for the first of three goals for the Wildcats tonight.

“[The team] knows that Taylor is always going to be a war and they come at us with guns blazing, so to speak, and tonight was no exception,” said Shulman. “There is such a rivalry in the county between IWU and Taylor, but it’s always great to get a win over Taylor.”

The game started slow with a long scoreless stretch until Tyrone Martin (sr) assisted Keaton Albert (jr) for the first goal of the evening.

“We had possession of the ball and Tyrone got freed up in the middle,” Keaton said. “He took a couple touches, went right up behind the defenders and slipped it behind. I had one touch that took it to the back post.”

By the end of the first half, IWU had attempted seven shots (with one finding the back of the net) while Taylor had attempted zero shots.

Taylor came out with energy to start the second half. Lewis Nisbet scored, tying the game at 1.

Martin answered by sneaking the ball through the Taylor goalkeeper’s legs. IWU fans gasped and jumped out of their seats with a roar. With 15 minutes left in the game, Taylor Lehman (jr) scored the Wildcats’ final goal, giving IWU a 3-1 lead over the Trojans.

“It felt really good to get a goal tonight,” Lehman said. “I’ve been working really hard at practice all week and to put one away was really great.”

Sam Kane (sr) battles against a Taylor player for the ball.

Sam Kane (sr) battles against a Taylor player for the ball.

IWU goalie Josh Goepper (jr) had several impressive saves throughout the night, but Sam Hardy (fr) scored a goal for the Trojans with seven minutes left in the game, leaving IWU fans fearful.

The Wildcats held on through the final minutes and ended the night with a victory over their cross-county rivals.

The team improves to 10-1 overall and 4-0 in the Crossroads League. They next play Saturday, Oct. 11 at Goshen College.

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Tedeschi’s Take: Have fun!

When you watch the Indiana Wesleyan University men’s soccer team, it’s clear the team has a lot of fun playing the game.

The players demonstrated this in the team’s 5-0 win over Marian Sat., Oct. 4 with an elaborate celebration when Keaton Albert (jr) scored the first goal for the Wildcats.

After the goal, the rest of the team surrounded Albert, fell to the ground and began making pretend snow angels in the wet grass.

Albert said the team practiced the celebration beforehand, expecting to score a goal and be able to use it. Since the team was confident and prepared, they took the time to relax and have fun by choreographing the celebration.

I think it’s celebrations like this that help draw people to sports in the first place.

Some people might look at this celebration and call it unsportsmanlike or over-the-top, but the celebration was quick and in good fun. The team didn’t taunt or disrespect the opposition; they were simply enjoying Albert’s goal.

Yes, players and coaches have jobs to do and need to take their respective sports seriously.

But when it comes down to it, sports are a game.  If you’re not having fun, what’s the point?

It’s a breath of fresh air to see a team playing at a high level but still having fun doing so. I can’t wait to see what other kinds of celebrations the team pulls out for the rest of the season.

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Wildcats erupt for 5-goal win against Marian

Fans bundled up in coats and blankets as they cheered the Indiana Wesleyan University men’s soccer team to a 5-0 victory against the Marian University Knights.

Tyrone Martin gets tangled up with a Marian player.

Tyrone Martin (sr) gets tangled up with a Marian player.

The first ten minutes of the game consisted of several shots on goal by the Wildcats, leading to a goal by Keaton Albert (jr).

The Wildcats poured it on with two more goals in the first half, one by Seth Kintigh (jr) with an assist from Evan Young (so). The third goal of the half was scored by Corey Lopez (jr), who has scored in each game he has played against Marian in his career.

“[Lopez and Tyrone Martin (sr)] were really dangerous in the first half,” said Head Coach Mark Castro.

About 15 minutes into the second half, a foul was called on Marian within the goalie box. Goalkeeper Josh Goepper (jr) ran all the way across the field to attempt the penalty kick and scored his first collegiate goal.

A few minutes later, Caleb Denlinger (so) scored the final goal of the game.

Corey Lopez (jr) scored his 7th goal of the year against Marian.

Corey Lopez (jr) scored his 7th goal of the year against Marian.

“Going into the game, we got the stat report on Marian so we knew what their system was,” said Castro. “So we created our system to counteract and we knew where their weaknesses were.”

Because of the huge lead towards the end of the game, Castro was able to put in his bench players who usually do not get very much playing time.

“I was pretty happy with the guys coming off the bench,” Castro said. “I thought that their quality really shined.”

The Wildcats improved to 10-1 and have won eight straight games. Their next game is Wednesday Oct. 8 against rival Taylor University.


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