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MEN'S SOCCER: NIC takes two on the road


The Cardinals won twice on the road over the weekend at Blue Mountain and Treasure Valley.  In Pendleton Friday, the Timberwolves earned the first dangerous opportunity but the shot went off the post and wide.  In the 23rd minute though, Kai Flugel won the ball in the Cardinals' defensive third and quickly found Mac Stultz in the right flank.  Sensing opportunity, Stultz turned and ran with the ball for 40 yards as Noah Dreves got forward up the right side.  Keeping the two closest defenders committed as long as possible, Stultz finally pushed the ball forward to Dreves in the flank.  Dreves quickly whipped the ball into the far post to Conner Wold who headed in the 1-0 lead.  Minutes later, Beau Chandler dribbled into the box and earned a penalty kick.  Stultz stepped to the mark for the shot, but as the Wolves' goalkeeper guess correctly, Stultz adjusted his shot and it went off the post and wide.  The Cardinals led 1-0 at the half.  The second half was equally exciting with Chandler, Wold, Dorian Cornichuck, and Stultz getting into the box repeatedly, but the Cardinals couldn't expand the lead.  Perhaps the play of the game in the 86th minute was a Cardinal clearance off their own goal line to protect the lead and conserve the shutout.  In the end, the Cardinals got out with the 1-0 win, outshooting the Timberwolves 7-4.  Isaiah Damschen made 3 saves and earned his third shutout of league play.

On Saturday, the Cardinals visited Treasure Valley and shelled Chukar goalkeeper Lucio Villa with no success in the early going.  At the 37 minute mark though, the Cardinals finally found the net.  Creed McKinnon won the ball at the eighteen and tapped the ball to Beau Chandler.  Chandler prepped it on his first touch, and put a bench-clearing banger into the upper left corner to go up 1-0.  The Cardinals halftime lead was largely limited by Villa's action in the Chukars' net.  On the other side of halftime, Cole Fawcett was constantly winning tackles and running through defenders with the ball, and in the 49th minute, one of his tackles deflected to Chandler.  Chandler quickly slipped in behind the back line and passed the ball home to extend the lead to 2-0.  In the 52nd minute, NIC put together some quick combinations to spring left back Junior Labra forward.  With a little bit of space, Labra bent the ball in behind the back line to the far post, and Mac Stultz volleyed the ball into the net to make it 3-0.  In the end, the Cardinal shot advantage was on 13-9, but Villa made six saves.  Cardinal goalkeeper Isaiah Damschen made 4 saves and recorded his 4th shutout of league play.  The men travel to Wenatchee Wednesday to face the Knights.

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