The Hannibal-LaGrange University men's soccer team secured its first win of the season by beating Park University 2-1 on Wednesday at Blackwell Field.
The Hannibal-LaGrange University men’s soccer team secured its first win of the season by beating Park University 2-1 on Wednesday at Blackwell Field.
Isaac Lehmkuhl scored a goal in the 20th minute assisted by Hugo Lopez to ignite the Trojans in the American Midwest Conference opener.
The senior forward made the most of his first opportunity of the match.
“The first goal was very crucial to our win,” said Lehmkuhl. “It boosted our confidence and set the tempo for the rest of the game.”
Twenty minutes later Santiago Diaz scored off a counter attack led by Lehmkuhl.
“I was extremely happy for Santi to get the game-winning goal,” Lehmkuhl said. “He always puts everything he has and then some on the line for the team.”
The Pirates responded with a goal of their own to cut the Trojans' lead to one. Juan Carlos Salazar scored on a play that was assisted by Mohammad Ndaliro with three minutes remaining in the first half.
During the first 45 minutes of play the Pirates outshot the host Trojans 11-4.
The Trojans adjusted after the intermission, limiting the Pirates to just six shots in the second period.
“We made some adjustments and shut down the potential breakaways,” said HLGU coach David Erskine. “We wanted to limit their opportunities on goal.”
Senior goalkeeper Micah Thompson recorded four saves during the match — three of which came in the first half.
“He managed the balls that came into the box very well,” Erskine said. “He had three big saves in the first half that kept us in the game.”
The Trojans (1-3-1, 1-0 AMC) look to improve their conference record to 2-0 on Saturday when they are scheduled to play at Freed-Hardeman.