WEDNESDAY SOCCER RECAP
Thursday, September 27, 2007
by Matt Gordon
Hannibal, MO - It is quite a conundrum to find the right words to say when a situation concludes far differently than one had anticipated. This was exactly the circumstance Coach Jason Nichols found himself in after a 2-0 defeat at the feet of the rival Missouri Baptist Spartans. An hour-and-a-half previously he had told his girls that if they came out with heart they would leave content, and though the Lady Trojans had come out with passion and dominance (shots: 13 to 11; corners: 8 to 3; even fouls: 10 to 6), contentment, at least with the result, is just a few goals away. The team and coaching staff were pleased with the effort displayed on the field and hope it will be another stepping stone toward reaching a destination that unites desire with victory.
On the men's side, Coach Erskine, too, needed few words for his team. After losing two heart breakers to top-tier programs in California, everyone was a bit anxious to see how the Trojans would bounce back in their second conference match of the season. They didn't just bounce, however, but rather exploded for three second half goals and utter supremacy (shots: 24 to 4; shots on goal: 10 to 4; corner kicks: 7 to 3; fouls: 12 to 21; yellow cards: 0 to 5). The goals were all similar and came from precise teamwork and creativity. Goal scorers for the match were Sergi Beltrol, Estevao Franco, Josh Bertram, with Franco and Beltrol also dishing assists. After the match, a wide smile from its Coach told the team (2-0 in conference) all it needed to know.
The Trojan Soccer Teams hit the road on Saturday with the women facing off against Monmouth College (IL) at 1:00 while the fellows remain in the midst of the conference gauntlet in an away match versus University of Illinois at Springfield (7 pm).
HLG is a Division I NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) school and a member of the American Midwest Conference.
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