HAMMOND, Ind. — Behind a furious second-half attack, the Purdue University Calumet men’s soccer team overcame an early deficit to top visiting Harris Stowe State (Mo.) 3-1 Thursday in a nonleague contest at Dowling Park’s Pepsi Field.
“I was pleased with how we responded after falling behind,” first-year Head Coach Ryan Hayes said of the win. “(In the second half) I think we were more clinical with our execution, our passing, and our movement off the ball was much better.”
The win kept the Peregrines (3-0-1, 0-0) unbeaten on the season, as Purdue Calumet looks ahead to a nine days off before opening Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference play at Olivet Nazarene Sept. 19. Saturday’s originally scheduled game against Concordia (Mich.) has been canceled and will not be made up.
Thursday, the visiting Hornets (0-1-1) struck first, as Ahmed Ahmed found the back of the net in the 9th minute on a cross from teammate Andrew Priestley to put the visitors up, 1-0. The Peregrines would even things up nine minutes before the half, as junior Nico Monteiro (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, IBMEC) connected on his third goal of the year from about 18 yards out on an unassisted strike from the top.
The final 45 minutes proved to be Purdue Calumet’s control, as the the Peregrines outshot the Hornets by a 14-5 margin to finish with 18 total shots — eight of them on goal — compared to just seven shots for HSSU. The Hornets managed just one on goal, giving starting keeper Miguel David (Spring Valley, Calif./Bonita Vista) a save in his third win of the season.
Senior JP Garza (San Antonio, Texas/Ronald Reagan) gave the Peregrines the lead in the 60th minute, as the forward connected on a one-time finish to the right corner after teammate Jawayne Spence (Hammond, Ind./Morton) fed him a pass that slipped behind the defense.
Junior Cristian Garcia (Whiting, Ind./Clark) added the insurance goal nine minutes later, as he blasted a shot in the upper 90 on a Carlos Ramirez (El Paso, Texas/Coronado) through ball from the left side.
Purdue Calumet won the battle on corner kicks, 6-2, and senior Andres Ayala (San Antonio, Texas/Ronald Reagan) led the shot barrage, finishing the game with four shots in total.
Harris Stowe’s Ezekiel Sevcick took the loss, stopping five shots in 90 minutes in goal.