IW men finish undefeated, miss SLIAC tournament

MEDIAPOLIS — The Iowa Wesleyan men’s soccer team wrapped up regular season play on Saturday with a 2-1 double-overtime win over MacMurray College, but unfortunately for the Tigers, it’s the last soccer game they’ll play in the 2019 season.

Despite finishing undefeated in conference season, the Tigers have been disqualified from the SLIAC tournament for having too many yellow cards this season, winding up at 38. That’s five more than the alloted number.

The Tigers won their senior night game in thrilling fashion, getting a game-winning goal from Xavier Lozada, assisted by Francisco Javier Saldana That goal came in the 103rd minute.

Saldana had a goal of his own in the 32nd minute, assisted by Hugo Bonilla. At halftime, IW led 1-0.

MacMurray’s Josh Martinez tied the game up in the second half, finding the back of the net in the 86th minute.

Carlos Mateo Moreno was Iw’s leader in shots, with four. Saldana and Lozada each had two shots and one shot on goal, as did Creighton Chambers.

Trevor Haasis, Elijah Perez and Chris Rimmer each spend time in net and faced five shots on goal apiece. The only MacMurray goal came off Rimmer, but he also led the team with two saves.

The final regular season game was moved to Mediapolis due to inclimate weather. The Tigers finished the year 9-8-2 overall and 8-0-1 in conference play.

The decision to bump IW from the conference tournament was finalized on Monday. More details on the Tigers’ disqualification from the SLIAC tournament will be in Wednesday’s edition of The Union.