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IW men's soccer team sitting pretty

Tiger men sit atop SLIAC standings after Spalding draw, Principia win

Union photo by Andy Krutsinger

Jaime Rabadan settles the ball during Iowa Wesleyan’s game on Thursday against Spalding.
Union photo by Andy Krutsinger Jaime Rabadan settles the ball during Iowa Wesleyan’s game on Thursday against Spalding.
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ELSAH, Ill. — The Iowa Wesleyan men’s soccer team played two of the toughest teams in the conference over the weekend and a 1-0-1 record kept the Tigers in good position to finish in the top four. IW fought to a 0-0 draw with Spalding Unviersity at home and then knocked off Principia College 3-2 on the road.

The Tigers outshot the Golden Eagles 13-10 on Thursday, but neither team could break through. IW had just two shots on goal, despite their 13 shots. Xavier Lozada had both of those shots on goal to lead the team. Carlos Mateo Moreno had three total shots, which led the squad.

Six of Spalding’s shots ended up on goal. Trevor Haasis saved all six of those shots to record a shutout.

Principia came into Saturday’s game undefeated, but the Tigers handed the Panthers their first loss.

Principia scored the first goal of the game in the fifth minute, and held the Tigers scoreless through the first 40 minutes of the game. In the final five minutes of the half, however, Favio Govea took over.

Govea scored two goals in 37 seconds. He scored at the 41:01 mark to tie the game at 1-1, and gave the Tigers the lead 36 seconds later to go up 2-1.

Carlos Lopez found the back of the net in the second half. He scored late in the 57th minute to put IW up two goals, at 3-1.

Principia responded with a goal in the 60th minute but could never tie the game. Haasis faced 10 shots on goal and saved both to earn the win.

The Tigers had 16 shots on the day and only three on goal. Javier Francisco Saldana had five shots on the night and Mateo Moreno finished with four.

Despite a losing overall record of 5-8-2, The Tigers are now tied with Spalding for first place in the SLIAC, at 4-0-1. Principia is 4-1 and every other team in the league has at least two losses.

The top four teams from the conference will be in the SLIAC tournament at the end of the year, as long as they don’t go over the yellow card accumulation number and get disqualified. The winner of that tournament advances to the NCAA Division III tournament.

IW has four games left in the season. They’ll take on Eureka College, a winless team in league play, on Wednesday, Oct. 23.