The Concordia University men's soccer team showed the advantage of an eight-day break between games as they ambushed the Cornell College (Iowa) Rams for five goals in the first half of Sunday's game en route to a 7-1 win. The win improved the Cougars' record to 2-2-1.
Fernando Cervantes gave the Cougars a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute when he cashed in on a rebound. Four minutes later, the Cougars scored one of their prettiest goals in memory when Zach Byrd sent a free kick from midfield to Nick Kowalski on the right wing. Kowalski did not settle the ball, instead one-touching it to a charging Andrew Tirmenstein, who buried the shot from close range. Cornell scored their lone goal in the 26th minute to close to within 2-1, but Kowalski answered five minutes later when he converted on a 25-yard direct free kick.. Cervantes would finish the first-half onslaught with his fifth and sixth goals of the season, completing his second hat-trick in two home games in the process.
Zach Raderstorf converted a penalty kick in the 60th minute, and Kowalski closed the scoring in the 78th minute to finish with a two-goal, three-assist performance.
Tennis: The Cougars defeated Eureka College 6-3 on Sept. 13 to improve to 4-1 overall and 3-0 in Northern Illinois-Iowa Conference play.
Holly Bray, fresh off a NIIC Player of the Week honor last week, won her match at first singles to improve to 4-1. Amy MacLaughlin claimed an easy 6-0, 6-2 win at third, and Trina Wetzel remained perfect at fourth singles with a 6-4, 6-3 win. Liz Greve won her first collegiate match with a 6-4, 6-2 result at sixth. In doubles play, Bray and Stacey Raymond won at first as did MacLaughlin and Wetzel at second.
A press release contributed to this report.