‘Hawks go 1-1 on Iowa trip

Sept. 24, 2014 By Justin St. Peter

After a three day, two game road trip to the state of Iowa, the Warhawks men’s soccer team is back home.

The ’Hawks went 1-1 on the trip to improve to 4-2-1 overall on the season.

The ’Hawks started the weekend off with a Sept. 19, 1-0, victory at Central College (Iowa).

“It was a good result for us because we were on the road,” senior goalkeeper Josh Rohde said. “It definitely helps our RPI [Rating Percentage Index].”

Coming out firing, the ’Hawks outshot the Dutch 13-6 in the first half. Sophomore forward Matt Klug scored his second career collegiate goal unassisted in the 42nd minute which proved to be the game-winner.

The ’Hawks controlled possession in the second half, and only had six shots, yet still outshot the Dutch 6-5.

Josh Rohde started and played the entire first half, making two saves.

Junior Alex Buchman played the second half and made one save.

Head coach Tony Guinn is wrestling with who to start between the pipes.

“I just haven’t been able to make a decision on the starting goalkeeper,” Guinn said. “Everybody has done well. It’s hard to figure out which one is the best.”

The win marked the second straight 1-0 victory for the ’Hawks after beating the Milwaukee School of Engineering 1-0 on Sept. 13.

The ’Hawks then headed further west to Simpson College (Iowa) to take on the Storm on Sept. 21. They ended up falling 3-1, in an action-packed game.

Storm midfielder Cody Jacobson opened up the scoring in the fifth minute to give the Storm a brief lead.

Two minutes later, Warhawks senior defender Ryan Reid blasted a rebound into the back of the net to tie the game.

“I think the score should have been 4-1 at halftime,” Guinn said. “The first twenty minutes, we had tons of opportunities. When you don’t take advantage of opportunities to finish a team or put a team away, your opponent has a second life.”

The game remained deadlocked until Storm forward Mitchell White scored a header off of a set piece in the 54th minute.

He tallied another goal in the 84th minute to add extra insurance to a Storm victory.

The ’Hawks matched the Storm’s shot totals at 12 apiece, but the Storm did best the ’Hawks in shots on goal 8-7.

Freshman keeper Chirs Lucatorto started the game and had two saves.

Rohde played the entire second half, where he posted three saves.

At 7 p.m. Sept. 24, the Hawks will attempt to start a new winning streak at home against Carthage College, whom they lost 1-0 to last year.

“This actually could be the hardest week of the year,” Rohde said.

They travel to Rock Island, Illinois for 7 p.m. match against Augustana College for the Viking-Warhawk Cup, and then will head home to face North Central College [Illinois] at 7 p.m. on Sept. 27 at Fiskum Field.

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