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MEN’S SOCCER: NIC win one, tie one on the road


The Cardinal men’s soccer team traveled to Oregon for league play this weekend and earned four points on the road. 

On Friday, the men played in Pendleton against Blue Mountain Community College’s rising program.  NIC took the lead in the 20thminute on a goal by Jacob Luhrs, assisted by Dorian Cornichuck on a free kick sent into the box, and the men led 1-0 at the half.  Blue Mountain stayed close though and found a moment to capitalize for the equalizer in the 48th minute when Melchor Olivera buried a cutback from Jonathan Reynoso.  Though the Cardinals outshot the Timberwolves 19 to 11 and held a shots-on-goal advantage of 10 to 5, NIC couldn’t convert for the win.  Isaiah Damschen had four saves for the Cardinals and Dalton Mauzay had nine for the Timberwolves.  Nevertheless, the Cardinals earned a crucial road point in Pendleton and hit the road to Ontario for the second game of the road trip.

On Saturday, the Cardinals again outshot their opponents, this time by a margin of 13 to six, which paid off for a 2-0 win. The team’s shots-on-goal advantage was eight to four. Noah Dreves put one of those away in the 63rd minute with the assist coming off of a flick from Cornichuck’s head.  In the 84th minute, a free kick from Cornichuck skipped off a defender’s head with Mac Stultz closing him down, and the ball went into the net for the 2-0 lead. Lucio Villa made six saves for the Chukars as Isaiah Damschen recorded another four saves for the Cardinals and the shutout. The Cardinals host Walla Walla Community College on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 4:15pm.

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NIC Men’s Head Soccer Coach Ken Thompson

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