GRINNELL — After going into halftime tied 0-0 in Monday’s nonconference game, the Iowa Wesleyan and Grinnell offenses popped off in the second half for a combined eight goals. Unfortunately for IW, Grinell had five of those scores to knock the Tigers off 5-3.
IW put up the first two goals of the game, both unassisted. Francisco Javier Saldana scored the opener in the 47th minute, and Jaime Rabadan followed less than four minutes later to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead in the 51st.
In the blink of an eye, a scoreless game had turned into a 2-0 IW lead. On the next blink, it was 4-2 Grinnell.
The Pioneers put up our scores in just over four minutes. Carlos Piedrastana put up the first three, netting a hat-trick with goals in the 55th, 56th and 57th minutes. Jasper Yang made it 4-2 with a goal in the 58th.
The Tigers punched right back in the 63rd minute when Carlos Lopez scored yet another unassisted goal for IW. That cut the lead to 4-3, where it would stay for a 23-minute stretch until the Grinnell dagger.
Grinnell’s Keegan Kaas stifled all hopes of a Tiger equalizer in the 86th minute. He scored to bring the lead to 5-3 where it would stay.
IW was led in shots by Xavier Lozada, who finished the day with three. Lopez and Saldana had two each. Altogether, Grinnell outshot IW 11-10.
Elijah Perez made four saves in a shut out first half. Chris Rimmer gave up five goals in 44:14 minutes of play, finishing the day with two saves.
IW is now 0-5-1. They’ll host Monmouth College on Wednesday, Sept. 18. That game has a 4 p.m. start time.