Simpson earns first victory against SOKA
Simpson University Sports News
OAKLAND, Calif. - The Simpson University men's soccer team was in action today against Soka University from Aliso Viejo, Calif. The Red Hawks were able to produce a great performance and came out victorious by the score of 2-0.
The first half started out a bit sluggish for the Red Hawks as they struggled to find a good form until 20 minutes into the game. Goalkeeper Justin Webb came up with a couple big saves to keep the scoreline at 0-0 until Simpson found their rhythm. Then in the 36th minute, Red Hawk winger Kerry Meehan was able to strip the ball away from Soka and the ball found its way to the feet of Luis Perez who quickly took it down the line and sent in a great cross that was deflected by Soka defender Omar Arteaga who turned it into his own net to make it 1-0 Red Hawks. The Red Hawks kept the pressure up and just five minutes later Meehan again found himself stealing the ball from a Soka defender. His initial shot was saved by Soka keeper Tim Sasser but the rebound was put in but Tyler Goens to make it 2-0 going into the break.
The second half was more of the same for the Red Hawks as the continued to pressure the Soka goal but no one was able to finish any of their chances. Goens came the closest to adding to the lead when his shot hit the woodwork in the 70th minute. Red Hawk freshman Jon Dinius came close a few times but Sasser was again up to the task.
In the win the Red Hawks were able to receive great performances from the defense most notably Kyle Power who was named man of the match. Webb also earned his first clean sheet of his college career with seven saves in the winning effort. The Red Hawks are now 1-2 on the season and will next be in action Friday, Sept. 9 in Redding at 3 p.m. against George Fox University.
Written by Dan Anderson
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