By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
JACKSONVILLE Ill. ? The Iowa Wesleyan soccer teams wrapped up the 2017 season on Saturday at MacMurray, and for the Tiger men, that meant finishing up a statement year in the conference.
The men?s team topped the Highlanders 1-0 in their final contest, and a Principia Loss to Fontbonne pushed the Tigers up one spot on the final day for a third place finish. The IW women fell 5-0.
The lone goal for IW came in the first half off the foot of Elicer Urena. Urena got an assist from eventual SLIAC Player of the Week Maxwell Trautmann and found the net in the 23rd minute to put IW up 1-0.
The MacMurray offense was absolutely stifled all night. The Tigers outshot the Highlanders 25-0, and MacMurray didn?t even get one corner kick on the day. Highlander goalkeeper Jacob Trim had to save 15 shots on the day, and the team as a whole had to save 17 just to keep it close.
Urena had three shots on goal to go along with his one goal. Pablo Garcia had four shots on goal to lead the team. Trautman finished with two shots on goal and one assist, and Blas Villaseca tallied two shots on goal of his own.
Chris Rimmer got the win in net for IW, and picked up a shut out. Due to the dominance in field position, however, Rimmer didn?t have to make any saves on the day.
The women kept it close in the first half but Highlander star Lyndi Sarraco scored two goals early on. In the second half, Saccaro broke the game open with three more goals to give her all five goals in the game.
IW was outshot 8-3. The Tigers had just three shots on goal compared to MacMurray?s seven, but did earn an advantage in corner kicks, 8-4.
Courtney Mitchell, Monica Anaya and Jaiden Rogers each finished with one shot on goal in the final match of 2017. Keeper Destiny Colon faced seven shots and made two saves in the loss.
The IW women?s team finished 3-13 overall and 1-8 in conference play, with their only win coming in a 15-0 thrashing of Eureka.
The Tiger men went to 10-7-2 on the year. Their third-place finish at 6-2-1 would be good enough for a berth in the conference tournament, but IW soccer teams are still currently ineligible for the postseason as the school finishes up the transfer into Division 3 sports.