Men’s soccer defeats ranked opponents en route to GLVC Tournament

Men's soccer

The men’s soccer team has gone on to win five straight games, four of them in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Playing against three of the top teams in the nation: No. 11 Northern Kentucky, No. 22 UW-Parkside and No. 8 Truman State, the Flyers proved they are a team to watch out for in the home stretch toward the GLVC tournament.

Facing off against No. 11 Northern Kentucky Oct. 2, the Flyers knew they were in for a hard-fought game. After a scoreless first half that saw a total of nine shots between the two teams combined, senior forward Nestor Hernandez launched his team-leading seventh goal into the back of the net at the 65:32 mark to put the Flyers ahead 1-0. Sophomore midfielder Nathan Groesch assisted on the play.

With the win, the Flyers moved to 6-3-1 overall, bouncing back from a loss that broke up their four-game win streak and Lewis goalkeeper Sebastian Kieruzal posted his fifth shutout of the season.
Hosting Indianapolis Oct. 4, the Flyers took part in another close victory, gaining a win in overtime 1-0. Freshman Robert McGowan came off the bench to score the winning goal off of a Kipp Cartwright blocked shot. The team did not play their best in the win, but the final result is the most important statistic of all.

Taking to the road for a conference matchup against St. Joseph’s, the Flyers kept winning the close games, taking the contest 2-1. After falling behind 1-0 just 1:08 into the contest, the Flyers
rebounded with an unassisted goal by Mardoche Beya. The game remained locked up into the second half, when Hernandez posted his eighth goal of the season to break up the tie and put the Flyers ahead for good. Senior defensman Justin Vander Heyden assisted on the goal.

The Flyers came home to face off against No. 22 UW-Parkside in another conference matchup and again upset a top ranked team, winning the game with a 2-0 shutout. Hernandez continued his dominance, scoring both Flyer goals, putting him at 10 on the year. The first goal came in just over two minutes into the game off of another Cartwright blocked shot. With less than five minutes left in the first half, Hernandez knocked the second goal in off an assist by senior forward Charlie Bucio.
The Flyers took their second straight game against a nationally ranked opponent and Kieruzal picked up his seventh shutout.

Following the game, Hernandez was named the GLVC Men’s Soccer Player of the Week for his performance in the Parkside game. Hernandez had scored in six of his last seven contests, and helped to lead the Flyers to their 20-game home win streak.

The team went on the road Oct. 14 to face No. 8 Truman State in a non-conference event. Kieruzal posted his eighth shutout of the season and Bucio logged the only goal of the contest at the 36:59 mark to give the Flyers their third victory over a ranked opponent.

The Flyers have two more home games to finish the season before GLVC Tournament play begins Nov. 1. The Flyers look to keep their home win streak alive, facing off against conference opponents Drury and rival Rockhurst Oct. 23 and 25 respectively.

The team went on the road Oct. 14 to face No. 8 Truman State in a non-conference event. The contest was knotted up through most of the first half until Bucio scored an unassisted goal that won the game for the Flyers at the 36:59 mark.

Kieruzal posted his eighth shutout of the season and helped deliver the third win over a top ranked opponent in the last two weeks.

With the win, the Flyers improved to 10-3-1 on the season, going 8-3 in the GLVC and Lewis has now won at least 10 games in 18 straight seasons.

Making a strong run into postseason play in the GLVC tournament, the Flyers are looking to use their momentum to finish off the season at home, facing off against conference opponents Drury and rival Rockhurst Oct. 23 and 25 respectively, and are looking to keep the home win-streak alive.

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