Tigers maul Mount Mercy JV, 8-1
The last time the NJCAA No. 11 Marshalltown Community College men’s soccer team was on the pitch, the Tigers surrendered their first loss of the season to Iowa Lakes Community College on Saturday.
When MCC returned to action at home on Monday afternoon, there was a clear focus in the team’s eyes. A focus that would lead to one of the Tigers’ largest victories of the season.
MCC ran the Mount Mercy junior varsity team off the pitch on Monday afternoon, taking an 8-1 victory over the Mustangs in a game that could have been even more lopsided had it not been called in the 71st minute due to weather.
Tigers assistant coach Chris Fuchsen, who led the team in the absence of usual head coach Rafael Martinez, said though his guys got the win on Monday, he was really gunning for a shutout.
“That was one thing, we still haven’t had a clean sheet this year and that was one thing that was our main goal, but unfortunately we let one go,” Fuchsen said.
The lone goal for the Mount Mercy JV came in the 53rd minute, after MCC had racked up seven goals of its own.
The Tigers (7-1) got off to a hot start, scoring six goals in the first 34 minutes of the match. Leading scorer Kino Ryosuke, after being held scoreless against the Lakers just two days prior, had a first-half hat trick with a goal in the sixth, 15th, and 30th minute, as well as two assists in the first half.
Fuchsen said the plan heading into this game was to spread the wealth offensively, something the Tigers clearly were able to do considering five players found the back of the net.
“We wanted to be able to spray the ball around and create a bunch of quality opportunities,” he said. “Kino obviously was in the right spot at the right time, and he also gave two assists as well, so three goals and two assists inside 30 minutes or something like that is pretty good.”
Other MCC scorers included Rafael Vacas, David Kromah, Eneko Lasheras, Breno Scomparim, and Pedro Oscar. Roger De La Villa also had two assists in the win, one in each half.
Fuchsen said the way the Tigers responded on Monday after suffering their first loss was encouraging to see.
“We wanted to bounce back right away, Iowa Lakes is a quality team but obviously that was a tough one to lose and one that we could have won,” he said. “We were able to strap on the boots and work on the things that we really needed to work on, and we displayed that for the most part again today.”
After suffering a first loss on the season, generally the best way to get over the defeat is to go out and earn a win against someone else, and Fuchsen said his guys were eager to get out and cleanse the palate of that loss to Iowa Lakes.
“That’s the nice thing about being able to turn around and just have a day in between and just get after it,” he said. “The boys responded well.”
Next up for the Tigers is a second matchup with the RedTails of Hawkeye Community College on Saturday at home. Last time MCC and Hawkeye met up, the Tigers took home a 5-1 victory, and Fuchsen said they will try to keep some the momentum earned on Monday going in practice leading up to the matchup.
“We have four days of training coming up before we play Hawkeye and we will look at the positives obviously but we will also look back at that goal we gave up and see if we can’t fix that and tighten the ship up at the back and make sure we can really stop those goals from coming in,” he said.