Soccer ends grueling stretch

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By Emily Leclair

Oct. 7, 2015

Playing six games in 10 days, the No. 5-ranked UW-Whitwater men’s soccer team scored in the first 33 seconds in a win against Lake Forest College, won the Hawk Cup against Loras College, but fell to North Park University with 10 seconds left to play.

“This year’s schedule has been one of the toughest schedules we’ve played since I’ve been at Whitewater, and then it’s been a very physically demanding schedule with a lot of games in a very short period of time,” head coach Tony Guinn said.

The ’Hawks scored three goals in the first half in a 3-2 win over Lake Forest on Sept. 28.

Thirty-three seconds into the match, senior Jordan Kayser scored off a long pass from sophomore Kyle Clancy to give UW-W the early lead, 1-0.

“It got us an early lead to hold onto,” junior Jordan Kayser said. “I think [Jordan] Wilkins told me to look at the scoreboard and I looked back and was like ‘holy cow only 30 seconds.’”

Just over five minutes later, Lake Forest retaliated with a goal to tie the game.

Kayser had his second goal of the night in the 21st minute off a pass from sophomore Dylan Hottsmith to regain the lead for the ’Hawks, 2-1.

“Ironically, Jordan [Kayser] scored, and twenty seconds later Dylan [Hottsmith] had a one on one with the goalkeeper,” Guinn said. “It has been the fastest two goals I’ve seen at Whitewater.”

After a foul by Lake Forest, junior John Stanko took the free kick to give UW-W a 3-1 lead at halftime.

Lake Forest scored on more goal on UW-W, but the ’Hawks maintained its lead for the remainder of the game.

Senior goalie Alex Buchman had five saves for UW-W, including three in the second half.

Hottsmith scored in the final minutes to give UW-W a 2-1 win over Loras College on Sept. 30 in the Hawk Cup. Last year, the team fell to Loras in a 3-0 loss.

The ’Hawks attempted to score early in the game when Clancy had a shot on goal 33 seconds into the first half, and was followed by another attempt by Stanko to take the lead.

UW-W scored on an own goal in the 15th minute to take a 2-1 lead.

The ’Hawks had a shot on goal in the 29th, 32nd and 34th minute to keep the pressure on Loras, but entered halftime with a 1-0 lead.

Loras tied the game in the 68th minute, and with three minutes left to play, Hottsmith beat his defender and scored in the lower left corner of the net to give the ’Hawks a 2-1 win.

North Park University scored the only goal of the match with 10      seconds left to play to win 1-0 on Oct. 1.

“It was just unfortunate, and it was a tough loss because it occurred in the last second,” Guinn said. “Ironically, normally we’re on the winning end of those and this was being on the losing end, but that kind of stuff builds character and you just move forward.”

This was the fifth consecutive match between UW-W and North Park in which one team shut out the other.

North Park started the game with four shots in the first six minutes, while UW-W came back with attempts in the 13th and 16th, but the score remained 0-0 at halftime.

Buchman had two of his three saves of the game in the second half.

Senior Jordan Wilkins put a header on goal for UW-W in the 87th minute, but the shot was saved by North Park’s goalie.

The Vikings scored in the last 10 seconds of play after a foul on UW-W gave North Park the ball for a free kick to win 1-0.

UW-W has only five games left in its regular season and will host Central College at 4 p.m. on Oct. 7.

“We have five games, take one at a time and do our best at each game and kind of control our own destiny,” Guinn said.

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