Drury slips past men’s defense
Men’s soccer faced the Drury Panthers finishing 1-0, Friday. The stars spent a majority of their game on defense, shortening the gap from last year’s loss of 3-0.
The Panthers scored the only goal for the win. Junior Scott Stiffler scored the goal in the 69th minute of the game, after the Stars were unable to get a blocked shot out of the box. Stiffler got the rebound and was able to shoot the ball past UIS goalkeeper senior Jack Turnachik. Junior Brett Steere was attributed with the assist, after sophomore Matt Clarkin took the first shot that was blocked and Steere made the rebound.
Turnachik played well, saving a total of five shots. Drury goalkeeper sophomore Blake Andrews made only two blocks throughout the game.
Drury, keeping the ball near UIS’ net, had eight shots on goal out of 15 overall shots. UIS made three shots on target, with seven total shots.
Sophomore Dylan Horschar made three of UIS’ shots. Freshman Dylan Stockman, senior Nicolas Alonso del Moral, junior Chuckawuka Iwe, and senior Mark Czarny all contributed one shot each for UIS.
Stiffler took four shots, followed closely by Clarkin and Steere with three shots each. Senior Alec Nagel, junior Eric Heet, junior Jack Mathis, and senior Matt Hutchison all contributed to the shots made by Drury.
UIS had a total of 12 fouls; Drury had nine. Sophomore Tyler Stenzel received two yellow cards while playing hard defense, resulting in a red card. Stenzel was then taken out of the game in the 72nd minute of the game, quickly after the first goal by Drury. This resulted in UIS having one less player on the field.
Junior Nikita Fadeev and sophomore Alex McHatton also received yellow cards for UIS. Drury players Heet, junior Nick Ammann and senior Adam Heiligenstein all received yellow cards in the second half of the game.
Alonso Del Moral felt like his team tried their hardest and that he gave his all during the game. He also said that they did better as a team during this game than they had in last year’s match against Drury.
In the future Alonso del Moral hopes they “keep working hard.” He also stated that he was proud of his team and that they worked well together.
One student wanting to support UIS was sophomore Megan Ferril. Ferril felt uncertain about the Prairie Stars start during halftime. Stating that “they’re both really good teams and they’ve had some close calls.”
UIS Prairie Stars, now with a record of 3-2, are on the road next week as they face Oakland City University.