Monday, September 3, 2012
Men’s Soccer Nets Seven Goals Against Owens
DONALDSON, IN – The Chargers (1-1-1) took their first victory of the season winning 7-2 against Owens Community College (2-1). Each team came out of the gate quick to strike as Ancilla opened with a goal by Dominic Harris (Indianapolis, IN) in the 1st minute followed by Owens’ Glenroy Miller scoring a goal in the 2nd minute to tie the game. Harris struck again in the 10th minute when Matt Willinger (Evansville, IN) found a pass wide to midfielder Brandon Query (Greencastle, IN) who put a beautiful service into the box in which Harris headed to the back of the net.
Coach Gallagher remarked, “I thought we shook off the quick counter and focused on the task of shutting down Miller, who came into the game with 5 goals in his last two matches and at the same time concentrate on exploiting gaps in their backline.”
Ancilla went into halftime with a 4-1 lead thanks to goals by Manny Awuku (Hornchurch, UK) in the 16th minute and Nakilee Weni (Indianapolis, IN) in the 26th minute. Gallagher mentioned, “I did not want our team to ease up or loose focus because we had already witnessed how quickly Owens could score. I leaned on our goal keeper, Rene Mejia (Canton, MI) and the back line which saw tremendous performances from; Mike Calderon (Long Beach, CA), Jose Luzanilla (Holtville, CA), Courtney Lyn-Kew (Royal Palm Beach, FL), and Matt Willinger.”
Awuku added to the Chargers lead with a penalty kick in 75th minute. Owens refused to back down and Nickyle Webber brought Owens a goal in the 79th minute. Ancilla’s Lucas Perez (Vinhedo, Brazil) took advantage of his first regular season playing time scoring two goals in the final ten minutes of regulation to secure the win.
Gallagher concluded, “I think we play an exciting style of soccer. I was impressed by our offensive firepower and even more proud of the way we managed the lead and continued to connect passes while under high pressure. We still have to clean up our defensive shape at times and cannot allow easy goal-scoring chances for opponents at the start of either half.”
The Charger’s next match is scheduled at home against Cincinnati State this Saturday 1p.m. at Charger field.