The William Jewell College men’s soccer team opened Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) play at home over the weekend, taking on two GLVC opponents. The Cardinals (1-3-2, 1-1-2) faced off against Lewis University on Friday and played The University of Wisconsin-Parkside on Sunday afternoon; both were a part of double-header games with the women’s team.
Friday, the men forced Lewis (3-1-1) into overtime, and the game resulted in a draw. The Cardinals quickly struck first, as Quentin Conyers, sophomore, set up Aaron Froelich, first-year, who found the back of the net nearly a minute into match. Lewis tied the game before halftime when Lewis player Michael Plye headed in a corner kick. After halftime, Jordan Lindsey, first-year, scored within 20 seconds, and the Cardinals regained the lead at 2-1. The play of the game came from Jewell goalkeeper Shane Van Hooser, senior, when he saved a penalty kick with close to 20 minutes left in the game. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, Lewis tied the game with approximately 15 minutes to play. This sent the game into overtime. Jewell was forced to play one man down after a foul midway through the extra period. The defense held strong, and they forced a second overtime. Another foul sent another Jewell player to the bench for the entire second extra period, but the Cardinal defense remained tough and the game resulted in a draw. The game saw six yellow cards between the two teams.
On Sunday afternoon, the Cardinals returned to the field to take on The University of Wisconsin-Parkside (2-4-0). UWP opened up scoring in the 4th minute of the game. Parkside’s Antonio Gonzalez scored on a breakaway, giving them a 1-0 lead. Froelich led the Cardinals, scoring two goals for the Cardinals. He tied the game at the 22-minute mark after scoring on a penalty kick. With 30 minutes left in the game, Froelich scored the gaming winning shot. Van Hooser was solid in front of the net, saving seven shots on goal.
Jewell’s women’s team (1-4-0, 1-1-0), earning their first win of the season, beat Lewis University (1-3-1) Friday with a score of 2-1 on goals from Sydney White, sophomore, and Gabby Brooks, junior. On Sunday, Jewell lost to No. 23 ranked University of Wisconsin-Parkside (4-0-1) with a score of 4-0.
William Jewell will take to the road this week. Both teams will travel to St. Louis to take on Maryville University Friday, Sept. 26. Game times are 5pm for the women and 7pm for the men.