Men’s soccer pulled a clean win in their first home game of the season against the University of Evansville with a final score of 3-0.
The game was overall steady for SIUE, scoring two goals in the first half and one in the second. Evansville had some shots on goal near the end of the first half, but SIUE persevered to keep a clean sheet.
In a rundown of the game, junior goalkeeper Tor Erik Larsen said the team could be proud of keeping Evansville’s score at zero.
“We started off really well, pushed them back. [At the] end of the first half they pushed back, but we [stuck] in it; we defended with pride. Then, second half, we got the third goal to put the game away, and then we took pride in keeping a clean sheet and that’s something we can pride ourselves on going forward,” Larsen said.
Men’s Soccer Coach Cale Wassermann said multiple players on the team helped them keep Evansville from scoring.
“I thought Max Broughton and Jake Meier in the backline along with Tor Erik Larsen – and our whole team in a sense – but those three I think really helped us keep a shutout, keep a clean sheet. Our major goal for today was [to not] concede any goals,” Wassermann said.
The team wasted no time getting ahead of Evansville, with junior forward Vincent Jackson II scoring first followed by sophomore middle Andres Delascio just seconds later. Jackson said his goal was helped in part due to an assist from redshirt freshman forward Mitchell Murphy.
“We had a little one-two combo. Mitch Murphy did an excellent job getting behind, crossing, being dangerous, looking at it early. [The] ball came to me and I just happened to be in the right place at the right time. Excellent team goal,” Jackson said.
Despite the win, Larsen said the team needs to work on controlling the ball.
“We can keep the ball better. We let them have the ball a little too much. We can do a better job of controlling the game,” Larsen said.
Due to the pandemic, this is the men’s soccer team’s first home game in about a year. Sophomore middle Seth Korenek said the team was excited to be back on the field.
“With the amount of time we’ve had to prepare, with [Spring 2020], [Fall 2020] into now, the team’s prepared for almost a whole year – two semesters – so I think we’ve been ready for this. A lot of guys are amped up, just excited to get back to playing,” Korenek said.
Wassermann said he was glad the team was able to play on a clean field despite the recent weather.
“Credit to our facilities and grounds crew for clearing the field. We would not have been able to have this game without them. It’s amazing to be at Korte Stadium playing on clean turf instead of white snow,” Wassermann said.
The team’s next home game will be against Western Illinois University at 2 p.m. on Feb. 28 at Korte Stadium.