Men’s soccer downs Texas College 6-1

The men’s soccer team defeated Texas College (TC) 6-1 in a Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) matchup on Sept. 21.

Head Coach Shane Hurley commented, “After some initial lackluster energy, we stepped up and brought an improved willingness to get forward on and off the ball. We had improved energy in transition that helped us create opportunities and regain possession quickly. We need to continue to build upon our positives as there’s potential there. Coach Jesus Cortes and I are pleased with the energy the team grew into today.”

The Saints are 11-2-1 against the Steers. Last season, the Saints defeated TC 4-0. 

The Bulldogs scored first at the fifth minute by Anas El.  After a TC shot, Samuel Villegas had his header go wide right, and Pape Gueye shot one that went high. Villegas scored on the next play at the 15th minute unassisted. After one shot from the Steers that was saved by OLLU’s Dominic PenaNikola Saltchev found the back of the net on assists from Louis Nicholson and Stan Driessen. Six minutes later, Stan Driessen scored on an assist from Nicholson to give the Saints the 3-1 lead. The game stayed that way through the end of the first half.

The Saints controlled the offense at the beginning of the second half with shots on goal from Adrian Maldonado and Matthew Banda. At the 56th minute, Nicolas Murgas scored the Saints’ fourth goal on an assist from Driessen. At the 60th minute, Villegas scored his second goal and the Saints fifth on an assist from Saltchev. A little more than three minutes later, Villegas recorded a hat trick to give the Saints the 6-1 lead and win.

Scoring overview
5′ – TC – Anas El

17′ – OLLU – Samuel Villegas

23′ – OLLU – Nikola Saltchev, assisted by Louis Nicholson and Stan Driessen

29′ – OLLU – Stan Driessen, assisted by Louis Nicholson

56′ – OLLU – Nicolas Murgas, assisted by Stan Driessen

60′ – OLLU – Samuel Villegas, assisted by Nikola Saltchev

64′ – OLLU – Samuel Villegas, assisted by Nicolas Saltchev

Inside the box score
The Saints recorded nine shots in the first half and 13 in the second; they had a total of 14 on goal. The Steers marked four shots in the first half and three in the second half; they had a total of four on goal.

OLLU recorded 9 corner kicks and the Steers had three.

Dominic Pena played close to 70 minutes on goal and had three saves. Alejandro Avila played the final 20 minutes of the game. TC’s Emiliano Yanez played the whole game and recorded seven saves.

Up next
The Saints play at home Thursday at 3:30 p.m. against the University of the Southwest.