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Tigers drop a dozen on Scott

No. 13 MCC men’s soccer stomps Eagles

T-R PHOTO BY NOAH ROHLFING - Marshalltown Community College forward Gabriel Dias (9) meets Scott CC goalkeeper Connor Puckett at the ball during the first half of Tuesday’s soccer match at MCC. Dias finished with two goals and one assist as the Tigers trounced Scott, 12-0.

There are worse ways to bounce back from a heartbreaking defeat.

After an overtime loss Saturday, No. 13 Marshalltown CC easily dispatched Scott CC 12-0 Tuesday afternoon to move to 3-1 on the season.

The Tigers started the scoring early with a sixth-minute goal from Gabriel Dias, and then they were off to the races.

Coach Raphael Nascimento was pleased with the response MCC showed.

“They guys took that in and they executed today,” Nascimento said. “Definitely getting a goal in the first 10-15 minutes helps because you make the other team play more aggressive because they have to come out to try to tie the game.”

T-R PHOTO BY NOAH ROHLFING - Marshalltown Community College midfielder Guilherme Pereira (11) scoots a shot past Scott CC goalkeeper Connor Puckett (00) for a first-half goal on Tuesday at MCC. Pereira had three goals and an assist in the Tigers’ 12-0 win.

In the first half, the Tigers spent most of their time inside the Scott half of the field, playing fluid soccer and passing the ball around with ease. Guilherme Pereira scored the first of his three goals by slotting the ball past goalkeeper Connor Puckett, who had seven saves but was often left at the mercy of the MCC attacking trio of Dias, Pereira and Jhancarlo Palma.

Ricardo Junior put his name on the scoresheet late in the first half and one minute later, Marshalltown High School graduate Rene Hernandez scored from right back to give the Tigers a 4-0 advantage heading into the second half.

Nascimento said it was big for the attackers in the lineup specifically to finally get some reward for the hard work they put in after a slow start to the season.

“They really needed a game like that,” Nascimento said. “They were struggling the first three games, I could see the frustration on them and today they were just on point. I think the whole team was on point, I think they were synchronized well.”

The second half was more of the same. With Scott obviously feeling the weight of the foul-goal deficit, the Tigers upped the pressure and played free, attacking soccer, scoring eight goals and running up the score. Pereira finished off his hat trick with goals in the 49th and 66th minutes before his day was done, while Junior and Palma scored goals in between Pereira’s.

T-R PHOTO BY NOAH ROHLFING

Logan Mahecha, Rodrigo Velasco and Matheos Ribeiro scored in the final 20 minutes of action before Dias closed the scoring with a headed goal 89 minutes in. The Tigers took 24 shots Tuesday, 19 of which were on target.

Marshalltown plays Saturday afternoon at Indian Hills CC.

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