The Warriors didn’t disappoint as the team defeated Barclay College 6-0 on Saturday afternoon in Haviland. “It was a fantastic day,” Coach Daniel Nichols said. “I have to give credit to our guys as they came out ready to play. We did a lot of good things.”
The Warriors entered the match with a 0-1 record after suffering a tough loss to Nebraska Christian College on Tuesday. The energy was high on the Warrior team as they prepared to take the pitch against a determined Barclay team.
The Warriors began to find their rhythm at the start of the game as they controlled the ball in the attacking third. They were creating numerous opportunities, but were wasting some due to a lack of communication. In minute 18, Chad Unruh hustled to a 50-50 ball and played it through into space while outrunning his defender. He was able to shoot and find the back of the net on an unassisted goal to put CU up 1-0.
Calvary closed out the first half with two more goals in minute 26 (Oscar Palofax) and minute 43. (Noah Wittenbach assisted by Oscar Palofax)
“At the half we talked about improving our communication and finishing,” stated Nichols. “We also wanted to focus on closing the game out defensively. In the second half we maintained good procession while attacking on all flanks. I am quite pleased with our progress.”
The Warriors added three more goals in the second half. In minute 74, Oscar Palofax found open space in front of the net and buried a shot off of an assist by Noah Wittenbach and Samuel Cocha. Two minutes after that Clay Williams found the back of the net on an un-assisted goal. And then in minute 88, Noah Wittenbach finished a brilliant strike assisted by Clay Williams and Samuel Cocha to capture the 6-0 win.
“We fixed some mistakes from our last game,” said Senior Midfielder Masaki Ouchi. “Our passing improved today and we scored six goals. We missed Aedan, but we are praying he can recover quickly.”
The Warriors finished with 37 shots. Tyler Bungard was able to get his first shutout at the GK position. Micah Wildasin had a fantastic clear off the line to keep the shutout in order when the score was at 5-0 towards the end of the game.