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Men’s Soccer Kicks Off Season With Home Win

Tori Foster, Sports Editor 

Sept. 9, 2019

The men’s soccer team pulled out a 1-0 win against Purdue Northwest to open their regular season on Thursday, Sept. 5 at Lewis’ stadium. Midway through the second half, freshman Oliwer Mattiasson put the Flyers on the board with the only goal of the game, and Mattiasson’s first collegiate goal.   

In the opening half, the Flyers split possession with the Pride but managed to keep pressure on their goal keeper. Lewis managed two shots early in the half, and two just after the 40-minute mark. Junior Jimmy Mwanga had an opportunity to score in the final 90 seconds as a ball bobbled around in front of the net, but Purdue Northwest’s Raul Garrido Garcia made the save.  

Lewis kept the pressure in the second half with two shots in under eight minutes followed by three aggressive corner kick attempts. In the 61st minute, a foul occurred at midfield. Junior Abdul Ganiyu-Iddrisu played the ball quick and freshman Aris Oluwatuyi sent the ball upfield, giving Mattiasson the opportunity to score inside the far goal post.  

The Pride tried to even the score but freshman goal keeper C.J. Couper kept his ground, making a save in the final two minutes of the game.  

On Sunday, Sept. 8, the Flyers traveled to their first away matchup against non-conference rival University of Wisconsin Parkside in Kenosha, Wisc.