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MEN'S SOCCER: Cardinals prep for league play in Oregon


NIC traveled to Oregon for nonleague competition over the weekend and came away with a loss and a tie.  At Rogue CC on Saturday, the Ospreys shut out the Cardinals despite a slight disadvantage in shots on goal.  The Cardinals forced eight saves from Osprey goalkeeper Joel Witts while Max Warnell made four saves for NIC.  After battling to 0-0 in the first half, the Ospreys’ Bryan Garcia found the net in the 78th minute, followed by Julian Jackson in the 89th minute.  Garcia’s goal jolted some life into the Cardinals as they seemed to get into the opposing penalty area at will in the final minutes of the game.  In the end though, the Cardinals left with a 2-0 loss, and traveled to Eugene for a game on Sunday.

At Lane CC on Sunday, NIC battled fatigue while the Titans worked through a layoff since the 23rd, and NIC strung more passes together in the opening minutes.  Shane Watkins, Noah Dreves, and Mac Stultz all got behind the Titan backs in the first seven minutes, but the men couldn’t connect in front of the goal.  The Cardinals also defended well in the opening segment of the game, and won possession in the attacking half of the field consistently.  As the game approached halftime, Lane started to develop some continuity in the attack without taking the lead in the first half.  In the 65th minute though, Jake Lambert put the Titans up 1-0.  Like the Rogue match, the Cardinals responded with resilience.  Jacob Luhrs, Jaden Eder, and Kai Flugel all got forward from the back line over the final 25 minutes of the game, and it was Flugel that delivered the crucial ball to Noah Dreves.  Flugel’s serve found Dreves on the run, and Dreves slammed it into the net out of the air in the 85th minute.  Dreves’ goal made it 1-1, the game’s final score.  Julian Reichold recorded one save for the Cardinals and Anthony Armenta recorded one for the Titans.  NIC opens league play on Wednesday at NIC at 4:15pm when the Cardinals host Wenatchee Valley College.

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