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KWU Men’s Soccer Blanks McPherson

KSAL Sports - October 11, 2013 6:54 am

Oscar Campa loves the game of soccer and the Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes are one of his favorite teams. The KWU Men’s Soccer team dedicated its game on Thursday night against McPherson College to Campa as the 11-year-old continues his fight against Cancer and the Coyotes came away with a 1-0 win over the Bulldogs at Salina Stadium.

Campa was honored before the game as an honorary captain and sat on the bench the entire night with the Coyotes. Wesleyan wore the black Team “O” shirts during warm-ups and it was mentioned that the Coyotes had made a donation to the Campa family to help with their expenses as Oscar continues treatment.

“We played inspired soccer once again tonight,” Wesleyan head coach Gabe Romo said. “Tonight was bigger than winning a KCAC match against our rival from McPherson. It was about Oscar Campa, an 11-year-old boy fighting for his life.”

When Wesleyan’s Salvador Rosales scored the only goal of the match in the 13th minute he pulled up his jersey and point to the Team “O” shirt he had on underneath.

“We played for Oscar, we won the game for Oscar,” Romo continued. “He’s OUR hero and we will never forget this day. I’m so proud of our players for doing this for Oscar. I’m speechless.”

The match was another hard-fought battle between the Coyotes and Bulldogs. It was Wesleyan’s goal in the 13th minute that proved to be the match winner. Ryan Ingrassia dropped a corner kick into the penalty area just outside the 6-yard box to Salvador Rosales who shot it past McPherson keeper Taylor Parrott.

The Coyotes nearly added another goal in the 40th minute when freshman Jesse Lennon got a good look, but had his first shot blocked by a defender and the rebound shot go just wide. Another scoring chance by the Coyotes was thwarted by a great team save by a McPherson defender on a shot by Johnny Aleman.

Wesleyan goalkeeper Blessing Ngwa made an amazing save in the 74th minute on a shot by McPherson’s Oscar Cortez to keep the match scoreless.

The Coyotes outshot McPherson 18-13 and were led by Lennon with four while Rosales had three. Ngwa went the distance in the net for the Coyotes, tallying five saves.

The win, which improved Wesleyan’s overall record to 6-4 and 2-0 in the KCAC, extended the Coyotes’ KCAC Regular Season unbeaten streak to 35 matches. Wesleyan has gone 34-0-1 since its last loss in conference play which was four years ago tonight to McPherson College.

Wesleyan’s next match is Saturday when they host Friends University at Salina Stadium. Kickoff will follow the women’s match at around 5:30 p.m.