Men's Soccer - Sat, Oct. 8, 2011
MOUNT PLEASANT - Mount Mercy University received three penalty kicks in the first half and converted two to take control of the game and defeat the Iowa Wesleyan College men's soccer team 5-0 Saturday afternoon at East Lake Park.
The Mustangs spoiled the Tigers' Senior Day by assuming control midway through the first half and improving to 4-1 in the Midwest Collegiate Conference and 6-5-2 overall. Iowa Wesleyan dropped to 1-4 in the MCC and 4-8 overall.
IWC was able to stay even through the first 24 minutes, taking advantage of having the wind to its back. The Mustangs broke through in the 25th minute, though, as Ramiro Alonso drilled a rocket into the net to make it 1-0.
The game took a strange turn in the final eight minutes of the half, as the Mustangs were awarded three penalty kicks over a seven-minute span, all coming on fouls called in the box. MMU converted two of the kicks and led 3-0 at halftime.
Mount Mercy added a fourth goal less than two minutes into the second half and cruised the rest of the way. IWC generated little threat in the second half, with Caio Costa
(Fr.-Sao Paolo, Brazil
) recorded the only two shots on goal in the half and all three for Wesleyan in the game.Mirko Drsysga
) made seven saves in goal for the Tigers before giving away to Jacob Landis
(Fr.-St. Anne, Ill.
) for the final 20 minutes. Mount Mercy outshot IWC 20-5, including a 12-3 advantage in shots on goal.
The match was the final one at home for seniors Cody Nathan
) and Jesus Soto
), both of whom were honored before the game. Goalkeeper Troy Osborne
) also is a senior but was not on hand after returning home to Australia to be with family after the passing of his father.
Wesleyan returns to play on Wednesday when it faces Grand View University in Des Moines at 5:30 p.m.Box score MMU 5 IWC 0