Men’s Soccer Still Trying to Turn Their Season Around

By Myla Stewart

MACOMB, IL- Men’s soccer was unable to hold onto a result in their conference opener against Omaha last Saturday (Sept. 24). The Leathernecks head into this weekend still looking for their first win. University of Missouri-Kansas City will be their second conference opponent on Saturday Oct. 1.

The Omaha Mavericks were able to finish the game with a 2-0 lead thanks to key player Kenji Mboma Dem who would score the first goal for Omaha and assist their second. Outshooting Omaha 12-11, Western was not able to get one past the Maverick keeper who tallied 4 saves all game. Four different Leathernecks recorded two shots including senior defender Kyle Owen who had a big presence for the WIU’s defense line as well as helping out in the occasional attack. Starting in the 16th minute, the referee was not shy with dealing out yellow cards. Four different Western player’s were given yellow’s, and Omaha recorded an additional two. With only two saves in goal, WIU goalkeeper Alex Flowers is still in the lead for the Summit League save percentage (0.733) and is currently sitting in second for goals against average.

Western Illinois has another Summit League game this Saturday Oct. 1 at 1 P.M. on John Mackenzie Field. The UMKC Roos (3-3-1) took down their first conference battle against Lindenwood with a final score of 2-1. They will play another conference opponent, Southern Indiana, before traveling to Macomb, IL.

Early next week on Tuesday Oct. 4, WIU takes on a non-conference opponent, the Green Bay Phoenix. With a current record of 3-2-2, the Phoenix will be playing in two more matches before they go head to head with the Leathernecks.

Western Illinois needs this result if they plan on finding success throughout the Summit League season. With the home field advantage for the next two games, let’s see if Western can put up some points and compete when it matters most.

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