Men’s soccer team now on a roll


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Madison College defender Cole Kleiboer (16) takes the ball away from a pair of Rock Valley College players during his team’s 1-0 win on Sept. 18

Andrew Kicmol, Editor Emeritus

The Madison College men’s soccer team has its first win of the season, and a few more to go with it. The team stands at 5-3-2 overall and 3-3-1 in the conference.

The WolfPack is third in the conference, behind two five-win teams in Harper College and Triton College.

The team got its first win against Elgin Community College back on Sept. 14 with a 2-1 score. Madison scored both its goals in the fist half.

Freshman Bobby Urey’s offensive presence was big in the game. All three of his shots were on net, and he was a part of both goals scored. He got the scoring started with an unassisted goal at the 28-minute mark. 

Less than two minutes later, he would follow up his own shot with a pass to fellow freshman Samuka Toure, who then scored his first collegiate goal.

Sophomore Msughter Abel Dzoho would start and play the whole game in goal. He made six saves in the game while facing seven shots.

Next up was Milwaukee Area Technical College on Sept. 16. Madison would start a winning streak with a blowout win 6-0. Madison outshot Milwaukee, 23-13, and 11-6 in shots on net. Seven different Madison players had shots on net.

The first half would be scoreless as freshman keeper Sebastian Varela got his second start of the season, and once again held the other team scoreless while facing six shots. He has two shutouts on the seasons and 200 consecutive scoreless minutes.

The second half was all WolfPack as four players scored goals. Toure and Pablo Guzman both scored twice. Freshman Bubacarr Bah scored his first career goal, while sophomore Ben Saric scored his first goal of the season. Freshmen Jheison Garcia and Abubacarr Joof both got their first career assists in this game as well.

To get their third win of the season, Madison College beat Rock Valley College, 1-0, on Sept. 18. Saxon LaFlash got the start and played the whole game, making three saves.

The low scoring game only saw 14 total shots, with Madison edging out Rock Valley 10-4 and 3-5 in shots on net.

Guzman was able to launch a ball over the Rock Valley keeper to put Madison up 1-0. LaFlash and the defense would do the rest keeping the ball out of the net.

The WolfPack extended their streak to four against Illinois Valley Community College with a score of 3-1 on Sept. 22. Madison out shot Illinois, 20-11, and 12-5 in shots on net. The game saw all three keepers get time. LaFlash would start the game and play 27 minutes. Dzoho would come in next he would also be the only keeper to give up a goal. Varela would finish the game and keep his scoreless streak alive, making one save.

Madison scored their quickest goal of the year with Urey getting his second goal of the season, at the 12-minute mark. The rest of the offense came in the second half as Toure would score his fifth goal of the year unassisted. Freshman Lucas Martin-Heid scored his first career goal later in the game.

The WolfPack then made it five-straight wins by beating Joliet Junior College, 2-1, on Sept. 25. It would also be the fourth game in a row that the WolfPack outshot their opponent. The shot advantage was 11-5 and 6-2 in shots on net.  LaFlash got the start in goal and would play the whole game making one save.

All goals were scored in the second half. Freshman Andy Mendenz-Maya, who just recently joined the team, made a quick impact by starting the scoring at the 73-minute mark. Freshman Omar Torres would get the assist. Martin-Heid would score the next goal at the 84-minute mark with another assist from Urey.

Joliet would answer with a score but it wasn’t enough as Madison held them off to get the win.

Madison College hosts Harper on Oct. 2. Then the WolfPack rounds out the season with three away games. The first one is against Milwaukee Area Technical College on Oct. 5, followed up by a game against Illinois Valley on Oct. 9. The last regular season game is against Rock Valley on Oct. 12.