Tigers draw with Cornell College

Hugo Bonilla scores equalizer in the 79th minute in IW home opener

Union photo by Andy Krutsinger

Juan Carlos Crespo heads the ball during Iowa Wesleyan’s 0-1 draw with Cornell College on Saturday.
Union photo by Andy Krutsinger Juan Carlos Crespo heads the ball during Iowa Wesleyan’s 0-1 draw with Cornell College on Saturday.

MT. PLEASANT — Iowa Wesleyan went over 79 minutes without scoring a goal on Saturday, but when they finally broke through, it made all the difference. Hugo Bonilla tied the game with a goal late in the second half and the Tigers rode that score to a 1-1 draaw.

The Tigers were playing their first home game of the season after four-straight on the road to start the season. It was also just one of two road games before the team begins conference play in October.

Cornell won the first half, both in shots taken and goals. The Rams outshot the Tigers 5-2, and broke the scoreless tie when Cornell’s Sam Duff scored on a penalty kick.

The Tigers began to flip the field on Cornell in the second half. David Chaves nearly tied the game at the beginning of the second period, banging one off the cross bar.

After a handful of spoiled attempts for the Tigers, they finally came through 79:09 into the game. IW capitalized on a turnover near the Cornell goal and Bonilla fired it past Cornell goalkeeper Tom Gallagher to knot the game up at 1-1.

“We felt it coming more and more,” said head coach Tony Odorisio about the goal. “You could tell in the second half we were doing great out there. You could feel it. The bench could feel it. I’m glad we finally got one, because that’s our first goal in our run of play.”

IW had a couple of close calls right off the bat in the first overtime. Chaves and Xavier Lozada combined for back-to-back quality chances with Gallagher scrambling out of his box, but in the end, the shots were to no avail.

IW outshot Cornell 12-5 in the second period and 3-2 in the first overtime. In double overtime, the shots went 1-1. In all, IW outshot Cornell 18-13, and also earned five corner kicks to just two for the Rams.

“We’re a banged up team to begin with so it’s nice that we got an overtime game, to be honest with you, against a great Cornell team,” Coach Odorisio said. “It was a great game, back and forth. It could have gone either way, and it was a great test for us early on. We really needed it.”

Mariano Mateo Moreno had five shots on the day, three of which went on goal. Lozada, Carlos Mateo Moreno, Sebastian Sosa, and Francisco Javier Saldana each had two shots as well.

The Tigers are now 0-4-1 on the year. They continued their nonconference schedule with a game this evening in Grinnell, a result that will appear in a future edition of The Union. The tough nonconference schedule leads up to what should be another intense SLIAC race when conference play begins next month.

“The results are what they are, but we’re playing against coaches that have established programs for 20-plus years,” Coach Odorisio said. “They’re great coaches, and if they’re willing to play us, we want to play them.”