(Originally posted on The Sojourn’s website on October 4, 2014)
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.
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.
“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.