Soccer wins consecutive shutouts

Morgan Van Lanen

[/media-credit] Nick Orne dribbles agianst a Central College defender. UWO scored six goals in the game.

The UW Oshkosh men’s soccer team extended its winning streak to five games after wins against Lakeland College and Central College this week. “We take every game one by one, so we are focused on the task in hand,” sophomore forward Nikolas Gonzales said. “We do have the big goal of winning the national championship. As for my goals I would like to double my stats from last year, but at the same time, if I don’t accomplish this, but our team is winning games, I won’t be upset at all.” The Titans beat Lakeland College 3-0 on Tuesday night in Sheboygan. Sophomore Javier Simon tallied the first goal in the 27th minute on an unassisted shot. Simon scored again in the 58th minute of the match off an assist from senior midfielder Michael Dugan. In the 67th minute, senior Trent Allision made the final goal of the game, off a shot that was unassisted. Junior Sam Gabrilska and junior Kevin Schenk split time in goal for Oshkosh and combined for four saves. Oshkosh outshot Lakeland 16-10. The men shutout Central College (Iowa) 6-0 on Sunday. Freshman Nick Harenda said they did a lot of preparation before the game. “We prepared by having good training sessions leading up to the game,” Harenda said. “Coming into it, Coach Wytse told us that they were a solid team who was dangerous on counter-attacks so it was great getting the win against Central.” Junior midfielder Jacob Hernandez made the team’s first goal in the 19th minute of the match in a 10-yard shot from the center of the field off an assist by junior forward Elias Efthimiou. The second goal came from defender Jakub Rys just four minutes after the first. Rys hit the shot from 15-yards from the center of the field and was assisted by senior midfielder Malcom Jeffris. After entering the second half up 2-0, the Titans quickly scored once again with a goal from Efthimiou in the 54th minute. It was a 10-yard shot from left to right and was assisted by Jeffris. The Efthimiou prevailed again with a goal in the 62nd minute with an assist from Rys. Harenda scored his second goal of the season in the 63rd minute in a 10-yard shot from left to right, assisted by senior defender Karl Block. Freshman midfielder Elijah Tesch wrapped up the game with a five-yard tap in front of the Dutch’s goal in the 75th minute with an assist from freshman forward Tyler Howard. Gabrilska and Schenk split time in the net and combined for one save. The Titans have now gone 663 minutes without allowing a goal, its longest shutout since 2010. “I have to give a whole lot of credit to the guys I share the field with,” Gabrilska said. “They work their tails off each time they step onto the field and that makes my job a heck of a lot easier, with this being the last year of our program, we are all out there working and fighting for each other because we know that every time we step onto the field, it could be our last.” The Titans overall record is now 6-1-1. They will travel to North Park University (Ill.) for their next match at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25.