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Sat, Sep. 2, 2017 - [Men's Soccer]

WINFIELD, Kan. – Goal scoring was an issue for the Mid-America Christian University men's soccer team in 2016. The Evangels tallied only 23 goals in 17 matches a year ago, but so far in 2017, the offense has instead been a strength.

MACU (2-0) scored five goals in the second half, and six consecutive goals after falling behind 1-0 in the second minute, as the Evangels routed the Southwestern College (Kan.) Moundbuilders (0-2), 6-1.

Southwestern's Tre Thomas scored the Builders' first goal of the season just 1:32 into the match, and for the first time this season, MACU trailed, but the deficit was short-lived. In the 6th minute, MACU drew even on Dominik Tajak's second goal of the season, and the goal signaled a change in the momentum that would not be overcome. MACU conceded only one shot in the half, and they took the last nine shots in a row, but thanks to an excellent half from Moundbuilders' goalkeeper Dean Wilson, the score remained 1-1 at intermission.

The second half, however, was all MACU. Giovanni Sosa scored his first goal of the season in the 55th minute, and 10 minutes later Tajak struck again, this time on the Penalty Kick, and the rout was on. Brad Bennions found Mikey Ortega in the 67th minute to push the margin to 4-1, MACU added a 5th goal on a Penalty Kick from Levi Wendel in the 81st minute, and with just two second remaining in regulation, Simon Wieschemann finished off a long breakaway to cap the scoring and seal the 6-1 win.

MACU out-shot Southwestern 30-3 in the match, including a 23-2 margin in shots on goal. Jakob O'Meara-Gill (2-0) earned the win in goal for MACU, making one save and allowing one goal; and Wilson (0-1) took the loss despite making 17 saves in the match.

MACU will be back in action on Tuesday, September 5 at 8 p.m. when they head to Bethany, Oklahoma to take on the Crimson Storm of Southern Nazarene University (0-1) at 8 p.m.