It was a mere 11 minutes into the match when Bacone College took a 1-0 lead unexpectedly against the Golden Eagles on Friday at Case Soccer Complex.
The Warriors swiped a ball from an ORU defender and sank an 18yard shot in the back of the net. Aggression between the teams felt restless, and the crowd waited in anticipation for the home team. Corey Cantor, red-shirt senior mid-fielder, seemed to come from nowhere to create an astonishing 40 yard goal in the 16 minute of play.
“I saw an opportunity, they played a square ball across the middle; We’ve been trying to press a little bit higher so I was higher on the line. I saw the outside mid wasn’t tucked in, I stepped out and took a touch,” said Cantor.
Both teams began aggressively fighting for a victory, and Omar Urquiza of the Golden Eagles walked off with the injured ankle. Many other players for ORU remain injured this season, hoping to return to play.
After recording over 300 minutes of game time, keeper Thibaut Giguel fell to Warriors forward who tipped a shot in around his corner. This gave Bacone a 2-1 lead as halftime began.
Coming into the second, the Golden Eagles switched gears. Near the 50 minute mark Guiseppe Ganara landed a head in the right corner, assisted by Jorge Barriantos.
“The second half we made some adjustments. We came in with more energy but in the attacking third we weren’t able to break them down,” said Head Men’s soccer coach Ryan Bush.
Although the play was tactically better for the Golden Eagles, Bush expressed disappointment that the team “didn’t score anything in our own play.” Bush was referring to the two consecutive penalty kick awards to ORU’s Junior Chavez that were minutes apart.
Chavez took one of the shots, and allowed Cantor to take the other. This gave the Golden Eagles an at home victory of 4-2 against the Warriors.
“I was really excited,” said Cantor. ”I think Chavez worked hard to earn those penalties. He was nice enough to give me one of them so I did him a favor and gave him the second one.”
Currently holding a record of 2-1-1 since the season’s start this fall, men’s soccer now prepares for four back-to-back travel matches in regular season play. Bush believes that the team’s preparation moving forward will change tactically, as he would like to see the teamwork hard in these next games on the road.
The Golden Eagles face Missouri State on Sept. 16, and then move forward to opponents such as Grand Canyon, UNLV and SIUE. On Oct. 3 the team returns to Case Soccer Complex for a rematch against Missouri State as they continue their season.