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MEN'S SOCCER: Season finale ends with exciting win over Spokane

10/25/2018

The Cardinals hosted Spokane in their season finale on Wednesday and ended the season with an exciting win.  Spokane took the lead in the 27th minute after Brennan Murphy found Arturo Bahena between the Cardinal center backs.  Bahena was able to get a touch to the ball just ahead of Cardinal goalkeeper Luis Hernandez for the lead.  Spokane did have some momentum early, but the Cardinals’ depth served them well over the course of the full 90 minutes.  In the 67th minute, Noah Dreves won a 50/50 ball in the middle of the Cardinals’ defensive half and dribbled wide at speed.  After drawing pressure, he played the ball forward to Creed McKinnon who dumped it to Conner Wold.  Wold took two touches at the goal and cut it back on his third touch, getting on all four Spokane defenders to step to him.  Wold’s fourth touch split the Spokane back line to McKinnon who tucked his shot into the side netting on the right side. 

In the eighty-third minute, Dreves intercepted a pass in the right flank and one-touched it to Dorian Cornichuck.  Cornichuck settled the ball just long enough to pull the defender off of Dreves and gave it back.  Dreves took a touch forward and played Japheth Taylor running toward goal, but Taylor was knocked down by a Spokane defender resulting in a Cardinal free kick.  McKinnon stepped to the ball from 26 yards on the left side of the goal and slammed it into the upper right corner.  Though Spokane’s Garbuio in goal had chosen to defend the far post, McKinnon’s shot was hit too hard to even get a hand to it.  After McKinnon’s shot crossed the line for the goal, it rebounded off the back post and the side post ricocheting out beyond the goal area.  The Cardinals forced five saves from Garbuio, and NIC’s Luis Hernandez made four for the win.  The men finish the season with a 5-6-1 league record.


More Information
Head Men's Soccer Coach, Ken Thompson
(208) 676-7157 or Ken.Thompson@nic.edu