The men's soccer team opened their season on the road witht a 10-0 win against St. Louis Christian College. The Tigers have been practicing together since August 16 and after 2 plus weeks of practice this team was itching to get on the pitch and play in a game that matters. To say that the Tigers were ready is a definite understatement. CCC came out the gate and instantly made a statement getting on the board in the 4th minute off a goal by sophomore Gunnar Kelly
assisted by Jr. transfer Charlie Schlott
. From that point the scoring came early and often. A minute later sophomore captain Kasey Sidor
scored off of a pass from Kelly making the score 2-0. Fourteen minutes later Kelly got his second assist of the game on a goal by Jr. Jeff Szolis
. The Tiger's fourth, fifth, and sixth goals came in a flury late in the first half. Ivory Washington
scored CCC's fourth goal in the 35th minute off another assist from Charlie Schlott
. The fifth goal came just four minutes leader when Jr. transfer Joshua Nuckols
scored off a pass from sophomore Kyle Johnson
. With time running out in the opening half the Tigers struck for a sixth time. Eric Murrillo
found the back of the net off of Gunnar Kelly
's third assit of the half.
With the score 6-0 at half the Tigers eased off the gas just a bit in the second half. After assisting on two goals in the first half, Charlie Schlott
got into the scoring column off an assist from Jeff Szolis
. Midway through the half Central made the score 8-0 on an unassisted goal by Kyle Johnson
. Joshua Nuckols
found the back of the net a second time in the 70th minute off of a pass from Ivory Washington
. Gunnar Kelly
ended the game like he started it scoring for a second time. Nuckols was credited with the assist.
On the defensive side of things the Tigers completely shut down St. Louis. Tiger goal keeper Curtis Flaming
only had to make one save in earning his first shut out of the year.
Sophomores Kasey Sidor
and Gunnar Kelly
had outstanding individual efforts in what coach Cole Ouren
described as a "total team effort". He went on to say, "this was a good way to start the season. We were sloppy at times, but we cleaned things up and showed glimpses of what we're capable of. We're excited to have game under our belts, especially a win."
Friday's game was the first in a weekend trip to the "Show Me" state. On Saturday the Tigers square off against Central Christian College of the Bible in Moberly, MO. The Tigers will be trying to maintain today's momentum through the weekend. Coach Ouren concluded by saying, "We're looking to build on today's success tomorrow and carry that momentum into our first home game next Tuesday."
The Tigers will take the pitch against CCCB at 2:00 pm.