Tigers turn back Hawks, 3-1

Ryosuke becomes MCC’s all-time leading scorer in regional win

T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE • Marshalltown Community College sophomore Kino Ryosuke (10) has his shot turned away by Northeast goalkeeper Massimiliano Simonazzi (52) as Aaron Wilken (12) defends during the second half of Saturday’s Region XI soccer match at MCC.

T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE • Marshalltown Community College sophomore Kino Ryosuke (10) has his shot turned away by Northeast goalkeeper Massimiliano Simonazzi (52) as Aaron Wilken (12) defends during the second half of Saturday’s Region XI soccer match at MCC.

When the going got tough, the Marshalltown Community College men’s soccer team turned to its all-time leading scorer.

Sophomore forward Kino Ryosuke converted a perfectly patient pass from Nicolas Mattaldi with just more than two minutes left to become the school’s top goal-scorer and deny Northeast CC’s attempt at a comeback for a 3-1 Tiger victory in Saturday’s NJCAA Division I Region XI first-round match.

The 12th-ranked Tigers (13-2) scored twice in the first seven minutes of the match but had to withstand the Hawks’ late charge to advance to Tuesday’s regional semifinals. There, MCC will meet 11th-ranked Iowa Western (10-2-1) for the second time in nine days after losing 1-0 to the Reivers only nine days prior.

It was an outcome that seemed clear after Pedro Silva’s header found the back of the net 7 minutes, 14 seconds into Saturday’s contest but became blurry after Victor Galterio cut Northeast’s deficit in half with 11 minutes remaining.

But after a Northeast corner kick came up empty, Marshalltown CC’s fluid offensive attack countered quickly. Nicolas Mattaldo took a long lead pass and dribbled up the right side before turning, pausing and passing to Ryosuke at the top of the penalty area. The sophomore served a stern right-footed shot left of the Hawks’ goalkeeper, finding the twine for the 41st time in his MCC career and giving the Tigers a much-more-comfortable two-goal cushion with 2:16 to play.

T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE

T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE

“I’m happy I was able to get the goal and the record, but the credit really goes to all my teammates who consistently put me in the right spot and allow me to score,” said Ryosuke. “I care more about the team winning than scoring goals, so as long as we win I am happy.”

Ryosuke’s goal pushed him past Marcelo Serrano’s former mark of 40 goals from 2002-03, and added to the margin of victory for an MCC team that had handled Northeast (7-12-1) by a 7-2 score only 11 days earlier on the same pitch.

“The guys that ended up finishing the game are guys that don’t get regular minutes,” said MCC acting head coach Chris Fuchsen. “It’s always kind of sketchy with 20 minutes left to start making those substitutions, but when the regular guys are not getting it done, you make changes and you live with it and I thought the guys I put in would be able to handle the job and they did.”

Mattaldi’s assist was his first of his freshman season, and it arrived just in time to turn back upset-minded Northeast.

“I thought when we scored the first two goals we’d be able to score more goals, but our intensity dropped back and theirs went up,” said MCC sophomore midfielder Eneko Lasheras. “I think we can do better and next week against Iowa Western we have to do better.

T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE

T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE

“I think when Northeast scored they were motivated but we overcame that goal and we scored the final one.”

The Hawks’ forward pressure over the final 20 minutes of the match opened the door for MCC’s counter-attack, and the Tigers converted the chance.

The insurance goal seemed far from necessary after the way the contest started. David Kromah scored the game’s first goal just 2:15 in, taking a bouncing ball through the box from Roger De La Villa and finishing it into an open net for a 1-0 MCC lead.

Five minutes later, a well-placed corner kick by Lasheras connected with Pedro Silva near the far post, and the freshman midfielder turned the captain’s pass into his first career goal at the 7:14 mark.

But after burying Northeast under a flurry of goals a week and a half earlier, the Tigers couldn’t put this one away. The Hawks resisted throughout, as goalkeeper Massimiliano Simonazzi turned back the next five shots on goal he faced before Ryosuke’s conversion in the closing moments.

“We didn’t beat them by massive amounts, but at the same time we took care of business, got the win and move on to Western like we expected,” Fuchsen said. “What [Northeast] didn’t do is quit. We scored two goals in seven minutes and were really dominant in the play, especially in the first half.

“Coming out in the second half we weren’t able to finish chances. They came to play, they never quit and hat’s off to them for battling the whole 90 minutes.”

MCC outshot the Hawks 20-9, but only half of the Tigers’ attempts made it on net. Marshalltown goalkeeper Juan Gonzalez came up with five saves on six shots, unable to rebuke Galterio’s shot with 12 minutes to go.

Now the second-seeded Reivers will host third-seeded MCC in a rematch of the Region XI final from the previous two seasons. Iowa Western scored the game’s only goal four minutes into their match last Sunday in Council Bluffs, and Marshalltown’s chance at revenge will kick off at 2 p.m. Tuesday on the same field.

“Yeah, I think Iowa Western, Indian Hills and us are the best teams of the region but we didn’t do the best job in the season, so that’s why we play against Western in the semifinals,” said Lasheras. “We know how they play so we know what we have to improve on. I think that was our mistake — we didn’t start with the right intensity and they scored so then it was difficult because they are a very good defensive team.

“I think we can beat them. If we play with intensity, we are a very good team, we have talented players, but we have to prove it.”

NJCAA Division I Region XI Tournament

First Round

Saturday, Oct. 28

Iowa Central 3, NIACC 1

MCC 3, Northeast 1

Semifinals

Tuesday, Oct. 31

No. 4 Iowa Central (13-3, 6-3) at No. 1 Indian Hills (15-2, 8-1), 2 p.m.

No. 3 MCC (13-3, 7-2) at No. 2 Iowa Western (10-2-1, 8-1), 2 p.m.

Finals

Saturday, Nov. 4

At Cownie Soccer Park, Des Moines

Semifinal winners, 1 p.m.

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Marshalltown CC 3, Northeast CC 1

At Marshalltown

NORTHEAST 0 1 — 1

MCC 2 1 — 3

First Half

MCC — David Kromah (Roger De La Villa), 2:15.

MCC — Pedro Silva (Eneko Lasheras), 7:14.

Second Half

NE — Victor Galterio, 78:14.

MCC — Kino Ryosuke (Nicolas Mattaldi), 87:52.

Goalkeepers — NE: Massilimiano Simonazzi (10 shots on goal-7 saves); MCC: Juan Gonzalez (6-5).

Shots — NE 9, MCC 20.

Shots on goal — NE 6, MCC 10.

Fouls — NE 8, MCC 11.

Corner kicks — NE 5, MCC 8.

Yellow cards — Breno Scomparim, MCC, 63:24; Pedro Silva, MCC, 68:38; Daniel Isaza, NE, 74:32.