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MEN'S SOCCER: Cardinals drop 2 to Final Four foes


Men’s Soccer traveled to Seattle for the NWAC Friendlies last week to play the top of the NWAC. On Thursday, the Cardinals played Highline Community College, a 2016 semifinalist, and after going down 1-0 on a fluky goal by Ryley Johnson, NIC took the lead on goals by Omar Hernandez in the 19th minute and Cade Roske in the 34th. The Cardinals took the lead into halftime on solid defending from Travis Willliams and Abel Lima at center back and some big saves by Luis Hernandez. In the second half, the men continued to defend well anchored by more great saves by Luis Hernandez, but the Cardinals ran out of steam by the end of the game. Highline put in four goals over the last ten minutes to win 5-2. Though they didn’t hang on for the result, it was a good showing given the level of competition for a team that only returns two starters to the lineup from last year’s team.

On Friday, Pierce College, another 2016 semifinalist, earned a penalty kick in the 20th minute to take a 1-0 lead over the Cardinals. The game got heated quickly in the second half with NIC’s Irvin Angulo and Pierce’s Jose Gomez earning yellow cards five minutes into the half. Ben Figueroa made it 2-0 in the 55th minute. Two minutes later, Angulo earned his second yellow and was sent off. The Raiders capitalized on playing a man up for the final 33 minutes and won 4-1. Shane Gillette scored for the Cardinals from a corner kick in the 65th minute. The Cardinals host Tacoma, a third semifinalist from last year, on Friday at 4:15pm at NIC.
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Head Men's Soccer Coach, Ken Thompson
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