WATERTOWN, WI – The 2013 Crusader men’s soccer team began with a frenetic pace and scored in the 4th minute on Saturday against the Maranatha Alumni. Sophomore forward Tim Rogers scored the first goal for the Crusaders this season, and began the streak of goals that would continue until the final whistle blew.
Junior forward Dustin Dolan scored in the 14th minute, assisted by freshman Wira Wama. Wama continued his excellent distribution with another assist to Taylor Pill for a goal in the 16th minute. The freshman sensation then joined in on the action by scoring an unassisted goal in the 20th minute to make the score 4-0 in favor of the Crusaders.
Although the Alumni fought hard and displayed great energy, it wasn’t enough to slow down this year’s ‘Sader team who were lead by Tim Rogers with another goal in the 23rd minute. Senior defensive back Drew Delozier made his mark on the scoresheet with an assist to Rogers’ third goal in the 25th minute, and the half ended with a goal by sophomore forward Jeremy Knudsen to make the score 7-0.
Throughout both the first and second halves, Coach Jeff Pill chose to play some of his reserves and young, upcoming players on the alumni team for added practice and conditioning. This allowed the game also to be more competitive, accounting for only one more goal by the men’s team during the entire second half. Senior forward Jake Palmer scored an unassisted goal to make the score 8-0, which would last until the end of the match.
Coach Pill was very excited about the team’s pace of play, control of the ball, and patience in the system throughout the entire game. He and assistant coaches Lane Hansel and Chris Jochum look forward to using the game tape to sharpen their team’s skills in preparation for their season opener against Ripon at home on Thursday, September 5th at 3:30.