FOND DU LAC, Wis. – The Illinois Tech men's soccer team opened the season on the road on Thursday evening, taking on the Sabres of Marian University in Wisconsin. Marian defeated the Scarlet Hawks 2-1.
How it Happened
- It did not take long for the Scarlet Hawks to get on the board, as Tech scored just before the 15 minute mark to go ahead 1-0. Quentin Dreilich scored the first tally of the season on a penalty kick.
- After the Scarlet Hawks goal, Marian began to pepper goalkeeper Anastasios Manolis with shots. With just 18 seconds left in the first half, Marian was able to break through, tying the score on an Alonso Fragoso goal off of a Muhammed Abshir cross.
- In half number two, the Sabres struck first. Jose Luis Alvarado scored at the 51 minute mark to give Marian the 2-1 advantage.
- Noah Griffith and Oluwaseun Ogunsanya each fired shots on goal down the stretch, but Marian keeper Ian Chacon stood strong. A Norikazu Honda shot was blocked at the 86 minute mark, which was Tech's last shot attempt of the match.
Scarlet Hawk Standouts
- Manolis recorded eight saves in the defeat.
- Dreilich scored on his only shot attempt.
- Griffith led the team with five shots and two shots on goal.
- Chacon stopped four shots in the win.
- Fragoso and Luis Alvardo tallied Marian's goals, while Abshir recorded the only assist.
Stats to Know
- Marian outshot the Scarlet Hawks both overall (18-11) and on goal (10-5).
- Marian committed 15 fouls compared to Tech's 13.
- The Scarlet Hawks recorded three corner kicks compared to one from the Sabres.
- Illinois Tech men's soccer will play its home opener on Sunday afternoon at Stuart Field at 1:00 p.m. Texas-Dallas, who will play three matches in four days in the Chicagoland area, will oppose the Scarlet Hawks. Live video, audio, and statistics will be available. Illinois Media School will power the audio and video broadcast.