Marshalltown, IA – The #13 Marshalltown Community College soccer team played host to the Red Tails of Hawkeye Community College on Wednesday night. After hours of rain, the teams took the field on a wet and soggy playing service. While wet and muddy, the field conditions could not slow down the Tigers offensive attacks, scoring four goals in the first seventeen minutes and five in the first half. With a five-point lead in the second half, the Tigers controlled the ball and made several shot attempts but were unsuccessful, going scoreless in the second half and winning 5-0.
The Tigers got on the board after Joel Valderas took a deep ball down the sideline and attempted to bring it back and received a hard foul in the box, resulting a penalty shot that found the back of the net. Just six minutes later, defender, Manoel dos Passos, scored on a rare appearance up front with an assist from fellow defensive captain Rafael Ramos. Standout freshman Kazuki Kimura made his presence known Wednesday night, scoring in the fifteenth minute and assisting Gerald Diaz's seventeenth minute goal. Kimura now has four goals and four assists in the Tigers first five games. Closing out the second half, freshmen Kenlove Solon and Sekou Kromah made a run at a last minute goal and succeeded with Solon putting the ball in the net with just ten seconds remaining.
The second half was much slower for the Tigers, while the team recorded 14 total shot in the second half, the pace of play slowed and the number of good shots decreased.
"I thought we were a little bit inconsistent with our performance based on who we are as a team," stated Head Coach Rafael Martinez. "I am satisfied with the effort but we will need to be a lot more in the order to be successful during ICCAC matches."
With the Tigers starting goalkeeper Joel Serrano playing with the Puerto Rican National Team this week, sophomore Tom Wackens received the start between the posts. Wackens played all 90 minutes of Wednesday's game but was never challenged or shot on. The Tiger defense has played very well so far this year, limiting opposing teams' chances within the box. With five games played, the Tigers have only allowed eleven shots on goal and have only surrendered one.
While Wednesday night's game counts as a win and the teams feels good, Coach Martinez has already shifted gears and looking to their next opponent.
"We now focus completely on Iowa Central as we know that they will present our biggest challenge yet."
The Tritons will be a test for the Tigers. Iowa Central has consistently been at the top of the conference, fighting for the recognition teams like, Marshalltown and Iowa Western have earned in recent years. The Tritons are currently 2-1-1 but have an aggressive team, scoring 13 goals so far this season and have recorded 21 shots on goal. The two teams will battle it out on Saturday, September 8 at 2:00 PM in Fort Dodge, Iowa on the Iowa Central Community College campus. For more information on the men's soccer team, follow @MCCTigers-MSOC on twitter.