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MEN'S SOCCER: Cardinals win regular season opener in Walla Walla

9/9/21

The North Idaho College men's soccer team won their league opener in Walla Walla, WA on Wednesday, Sept. 8.

The Cards took the lead early on a header by Will Kokernak. Seven minutes into the game, Jai Solis broke free in the left flank and forced a foul from a Warrior defender. Griffin Teuber stepped up to the ball for the free kick and served it to Kokernak for the goal. The Cardinals had dominated the attack up to that point, but having given up a goal, the Warriors responded with some determination. Most of their opportunities, however, were through serving the ball in from deep, and the Cardinals had a serious advantage defending balls in the air. The momentum evened out after that, but the Cardinals had the majority of the opportunities. Without a handful of big saves from Warrior goalkeeper Brandon Gribek, the Cardinals would likely have broken the game open. Gribek had five saves on six shots the Cardinals put on goal.

On the defensive end, Stuart Heringer anchored his fourth shutout and win of the season to bring the men to 5-0 overall with an 18-0 goals to goals against. Heringer made a point blank save early in the second half, later tipped one over the bar, and had a couple of punches on dangerous crosses from the Warriors. 

The men host Blue Mountain Community College on Saturday, Sept. 11 at 2:15 p.m. home on Eisenwinter Field. Both the Cardinals and the Timberwolves are 1-0 in league play.


More Information

Men’s Soccer Head Coach Ken Thompson
(208) 676-7157 or ken.thompson@nic.edu

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