Tiger men off to 3-0 SLIAC start

Union photo by Andy Krutsinger

Jonathan Perez (pictured) and the IW soccer team is now 3-0 in SLIAC play.
Union photo by Andy Krutsinger Jonathan Perez (pictured) and the IW soccer team is now 3-0 in SLIAC play.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The Iowa Wesleyan men’s soccer team has taken the SLIAC by storm to start the conference slate. After just one win in non-conference play, the Tigers have won their first three SLIAC games, including two road wins last week.

On Wednesday, Oct. 9, The Tigers knocked off SLIAC favorite Webster 2-1. On Saturday, Oct. 12, IW made it three league wins in a row with a 2-0 victory over Fontbonne University.

The Tigers struck early in their win over Webster. Francisco Javier Saldana made it 1-0 with a penalty kick in the 16th minute. Then, in the 27th minute, Saldana assisted Hugo Bonilla, who found the net from 10 yards out to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead.

The Tiger defense was almost lights out. The Gorloks scored their only goal of the game in the 88th minute when Matt Ceriotti popped one in off a rebound. Webster didn’t have time to catch up, however, and the Tigers won the battle of 2018 SLIAC tournament teams.

IW had six shots on goal in the win. Bonilla and Carlos Mateo Moreno each had two to co-lead the team. Trevor Haasis saw four shots on goal in the win and saved three of them.

The game at Fontbonne was scoreless until the 74th minute. Saldana had another assist, this time to Xavier Lozada, who put one into the left corner to give the Tigers the lead.

With less than a minute left in the game, IW scored the dagger. Jeinner Farfan put one in off a loose ball to stretch the lead to 2-0, where it would stand.

IW had nine shots on goal at Fontbonne. Mateo Moreno, Bonilla and Farfan each had two. Haasis saved all nine shots he faced.

The Tigers are now 4-8-1 overall and 3-0 in conference played, tied with Spalding University and Principia College atop the standings. They’ll host Spalding on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 3 p.m.