KWU Soccer Falls to No. 6 Oklahoma Wesleyan
Mike Hammett - September 27, 2013 7:12 am
BARTLESVILLE, Okla. – The Kansas Wesleyan Men’s Soccer team was back in action on Thursday afternoon and dropped a 2-0 decision to No. 6 ranked Oklahoma Wesleyan at the OWU Soccer Field.
The loss evens KWU’s record to 4-4 overall, with four of the matches against teams ranked at least No. 16 at the time. The Coyotes have one non-conference match remaining on the schedule on October 29 against current No. 7 ranked Benedictine (Kan.), in a match that was postponed from September 11 due to inclement weather conditions.
“We played a very good team tonight in Oklahoma Wesleyan,” KWU head coach Gabe Romo said. “Our boys battled hard and played them tough all game. The score does not reflect how well we battled tonight.”
OWU got an early goal in the seventh minute by Lucas Corderio, but it was the only goal of the first half thanks in part to a stellar effort from Blessing Ngwa in goal, who ended the night with 11 saves.
“Our keeper made some great saves to keep us in the game, but in the end they showed why they are the No. 6 team in the nation tonight,” Romo said. “I wouldn’t doubt if they were ranked in the Top-3 in the nation by next week.”
The Eagles added another goal in the 85th minute by Jack McGowan for the final two goal margin.
OWU outshot the Coyotes 33-11 in the match as Akram El-Nady led KWU with four shots.
The Coyotes play in the annual alumni game on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Salina Stadium in their next action. KWU starts KCAC play on October 5 at Southwestern before playing at home for only the second time this season against McPherson.
“It’s tough to play on the road, especially most of your non-conference games when they are against nationally ranked teams,” Romo said. “It’s even tougher when you battle hard like you did tonight and not get a good enough result. I’m proud of the team and where we are after battling some of the best teams in the nation.”
“Our record doesn’t show how good this KWU team is,” Romo continued. “Now we have to turn our attention to conference and complete a few of our goals – winning the conference, the conference tournament and making it to the National Tournament. I am very confident in this team moving forward.”