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MEN'S SOCCER: Cards pick up first win against CBC


The North Idaho College men's soccer team avenged their season opening loss to Columbia Basin and put their first goals of the season away on Wednesday, April 21. The team got started early in a wild game.

In the fifth minute, Jaden Eder popped the ball in to Will Kokernak who smashed a volley home to put the Cardinals on the board. The lead didn’t last for long though, with the Hawks’ Diego Gomez tying it in the 15th minute. Two minutes later, Andrew Abalan hit a screamer into Jaden Eder who flicked it into the upper right corner. Ten minutes later, Garrett Grillo played Chris Meza into the flank and Meza turned the corner on the Hawks’ defense and cut it back to Will Kokernak, but CBC goalkeeper Danny Puga came up with a big save. Likewise, the Cardinals’ Tristen McMahan made a big save at the top of the eighteen and moments later tipped one wide on an extension save as the half wound down. 

The second half was an equally open game as both teams forced big saves from each other, but it remained 2-1 for another forty minutes. In the 87th minute, the Hawks played it long and got in behind the Cardinal defense. The Hawks' Raymundo Curiel equalized with three minutes left, but the Cardinals continued to battle. In the 89th minute, McMahan played into Greyden Lee near midfield and Lee connected with Christian Dressel. Dressel got around the corner, and all the Hawks could do to stop him was give up a penalty kick. Ethan Williams stepped up and took the lead back with a hard shot near the post. There was still enough time left at that point for two more yellow cards, but not enough for the Hawks to tie it a third time. The Cardinals won with a final score of 3-2.

NIC men's soccer travels to Wenatchee on Saturday, April 24 to take on the Knights at 2:15 p.m.

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Men’s Soccer Head Coach Ken Thompson
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