Sun Sep 30, 2012
The IIT men’s soccer team faced a tough fixture away to Judson last Tuesday, in a game that ended with both teams sharing the spoils in an entertaining 1-1 draw. IIT was given a huge boost prior to the game’s kickoff with the inclusion of defender Jorge Salas in the squad after finally being declared eligible to play. It was the visiting team that started brighter out of the two teams, as they looked to take advantage in the wide areas and got a number of menacing deliveries into the opposing box without quite being able to find a finishing touch. After an hour of play, Judson took the lead against the run of play when they bundled the ball home into an empty net, after what appeared to have been a foul on the Hawks’ goalkeeper, Edson Zagal. IIT responded well to this setback and continued to push for their elusive first goal on the road. The goal would eventually come, but not until late in the game, when with just two minutes left on the clock defender Nordine Amlaiky curled a delightful shot into the top left corner of the goal from 15 yards. During extra time it was clear that if anyone was going to take all three points from this game it would be the Hawks, however despite their efforts both teams ended up having to settle for a draw, in what had been a promising display from IIT.
Next the Hawks played host to Roosevelt University in a must win game for IIT, as they looked to maintain their position near the top of the conference. The Hawks started well and took the lead within ten minutes of play, when Jorge Salas latched onto a John Connor pass and drilled the ball into the top of the Roosevelt net. Within two minutes the Hawks doubled their advantage when forward Liam Barrett ran onto a through pass from Gui Nunes and smashed the ball home, leaving the opposing goalkeeper no chance. Barrett doubled his personal tally for the night after 15 minutes, when he was able to divert a Brandon Ramirez shot home from just two yards out. Roosevelt was able to pull a goal back after IIT had gifted the visiting team possession; however, the game’s conclusion was beyond any doubt before half time when Ciaran Kohli-Lynch blasted the ball home for his first goal of the campaign with an exquisite left foot pile driver. In the second half the Hawks continued to look dangerous, and John Connor added a fifth goal from a quick corner by Robert Rixer, before Barrett completed his hat trick from the penalty spot to wrap up an impressive 6-1 victory for the Hawks.
Next up for the men’s team is a visit from Cardinal Stritch in what promises to be an entertaining top of the table clash, so make sure you come and support your very own Scarlet Hawks this Wednesday; kickoff is at 7pm.
2012 - Fall - Issue 5