Red Hawks lose home opener to Northwest Christian

Simpson University Sports News


REDDING, Calif. - The Simpson University men's soccer team took the field for the first time this season against the Northwest Christian Beacons. Simpson lost a heartbreaking game 2-1.

The first half saw both teams have chances on the offensive end. The Beacons' front line was attacking with some venom but sophomore goalkeeper Justin Webb was able to keep out everything. On the other end of the field, senior captain Michael Guzman came close but was stopped by Beacons keeper Nick Kratzke. The teams took a 0-0 scoreline into the half.

In the second half, the Red Hawks seemed to control the match with Beacon defenders finding it hard to contain the speed of senior midfielder Kerry Meehan. However, Kratzke was able to keep out everything that the Red Hawks threw at him. Then with 10 minutes remaining in the match a poor defensive clearance from the Red Hawk defense found the feet of Beacons striker Sam Eymann who put the ball past Webb. Three minutes later senior captain Eric Jorgensen sent a ball into the box and the Beacons were called for a foul giving the Red Hawks a penalty kick with Guzman coolly slotting the ball past the diving Kratzke equalizing the score at one goal a piece. With the clock running out the Beacons were awarded a penalty kick with two minutes remaining which Peter VanderBogart put in to make it 2-1. Both goalkeepers played outstanding collecting five saves apiece.

The Red Hawks will again be in action again on Sunday, Sept. 4 vs. SOKA in Oakland, Calif.


Written by Dan Anderson

Photo by Paige Barrett

Pictured Above: Kyle Power

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