UWO soccer tops Saints

Morgan Van Lanen

Jacob Hernandez passes to a teammate in the Titans’ Sep. 27 matchup against North Central College (Ill.).
[/media-credit] Jacob Hernandez passes to a teammate in the Titans’ Sep. 27 matchup against North Central College (Ill.).

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh men’s soccer team defeated the College of St. Scholastic (Minn.) on Sunday, Oct. 11 after being down 0-1 at the end of the first half. The Saints tallied the first goal of the match off a goal from junior Kyle Farrar. It was the forward’s 15th goal of the season, and it was assisted by freshman forward Jonny Harkin and senior defender Tom Corcoran. After Farrar’s goal in the seventh minute, there were no more points scored in the first half by either team. However, the next goal of the game came from sophomore midfielder Levi Corbeil-Wild in the 57th minute off an assist from sophomore forward David Radtke. Corbeil-Wild said it felt great to score against a nationally ranked opponent. “We had been putting good pressure on them for a while, and then a ball got played across in the box, and it went through a couple people and came to my feet,” Corbeil-Wild said. “Luckily I had enough time to get the ball on my left foot and from there, I just put it in the corner of the goal. There’s really no feeling like it, I was just so excited.” With 14 minutes remaining in the match, Radtke scored the game-winning goal on an assist from sophomore forward Nick Gonzales. Head coach Wyste Molenaar said he knew St. Scholastic was a good team going into the game. “They have a lot of English, Irish, and even an Australian player on their team and are a very mature team,” Molenaar said. “We had too much respect for them in the first half of the game, but we reversed that and scored two fantastic goals in the second half. It was a great victory against the No. 22 ranked team last week.” The Saints outshot the Titans 14-9, and the two teams combined for 31 fouls during play. Junior goalkeeper Kevin Schenk started in place of injured senior goalkeeper Sam Gabrilska and recorded two saves in goal for UWO. Molenaar said Gabrilska missed Sunday’s game due to a pulled quadricep muscle sustained in team’s game against Wheaton College. “Sam has been a major factor in our low goals-allowed average,” Molenaar said. “Schenk did a good job, though, especially in the 2nd half.” Molenaar said Gabrilska is currently day-to-day. “I’m not 100 percent sure when Sam will be back,” Molenaar said. “It is still a question whether or not he will be ready for this weekend.” This was the Titans’ 10th victory of the season, and they have not lost a match since Sep. 1 when they fell to Loras College 1-2. Assistant coach, Ben Winter, said the adversity that his team has faced this season pushes them to work hard in practices and play even harder during games. “We don’t have a goal, other than to make the postseason,” Winter said. “We are at the half way mark now, and we need to remember not to overlook any opponents. We just need to get the job done and take it one game at a time. There have been a lot of distractions this season, but I have to give the credit to Coach Molenaar for keeping them on track.” The Titans will face the Pioneers in their next match on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 2 p.m. in Platteville.