Wheaton College Men's Soccer Defeats Carthage College 2-0
Wheaton, Ill. - A strong start to the second half propelled the Wheaton College men's soccer team to a 2-0 victory over Carthage College on Wednesday.
The Thunder improve to 7-6-1 overall and 1-1 in conference. The Red Men lost for the first time in almost a month, falling to 7-5-2 and 1-1-1 in CCIW play.
Wheaton began the contest with good ball possession on offense and got some chances on free kicks. But the Thunder struggled to finish off any opportunities, looking tentative once the ball got into the box. Jordan Golz almost put them up in the third minute but Carthage goalkeeper Milan Tijanic dove to make the save.
Meanwhile, Carthage closed off the middle of the field on Wheaton runs and looked to turn it around quickly for counter attacks. Both teams saw several good chances in the box stall out, and the score remained 0-0 at the half.
The start of the second half was all Thunder. The hosts played good pressure and owned possession for the first 20 minutes of the half. Tijanic continued to stonewall Wheaton with a variety of impressive saves and displayed good instincts.
Wheaton finally broke through at 59:27. Jason Lollar's low shot through the box was saved by a diving Tijanic and the rebound hit the post. With the spinning ball sitting in play, #Dan Pavlak# raced through and booted it in to give the Thunder a 1-0 lead.
The final 20 minutes belonged to Carthage. The Red Men took advantage of Wheaton's lapses to get behind the defense, even earning a few one-on-one chances with the keeper. But the defenders would recover just in time to alter the shots to keep them off goal.
The finishing touch came courtesy of the Golz brothers. With under 20 seconds remaining in the match, Drew Golz volleyed the ball out of his defensive third up to the mid line. Jordan Golz raced past his defenders on a breakaway, caught up to the ball, and put it past Tijanic one-on-one with eight seconds left.
Wheaton ended up with a 21-15 shot advantage, while Carthage led the corners kick 5-4. Thunder goalie Ryan Seager made two saves to earn the shutout. Tijanic collected seven saves for the Red Men.
The Thunder continues its conference homestand against North Central College at 7 PM on Saturday.