MT. PLEASANT — The Iowa Wesleyan men’s soccer team turned the jets on in the second half of their nonconference tilt with Monmouth College on Wednesday evening. The Tigers scored four second-half goals to cruise to their first win of the year.
IW opened up the scoring in the first half on a header by Francisco Javier Saldana. Saldana headed in a goal off a cross from Carlos Mateo Moreno, putting it in the near-side of the net to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead. That’s where it would stay at halftime.
The Tigers got the wind in the second half, and that led to a dominant period. IW dominated chances in the second half, keeping the Monmouth keeper on his toes for most of the 45 minute stretch.
Fabio Goveo Silva made it 2-0 IW just four minutes into the second half. hugo Bonilla left it for him in front of the box and he buried it past the keeper. Monmouth immediately responded with their own goal, however, and it was 2-1.
Later on in the half, Silva fed Moreno for a goal making it 3-1. Minutes later, Silva netted his second of the game on a header, assisted by Jaime Rabadan.
With 32:20 still left in the game, Rabadan got one on his own. He popped it past the keeper’s head and nesstled the ball into the far corner, making it 5-1 IW, where it would stay.
“W’ve been waiting a lot of games for this,” head coach Tony Odorisio said. “We’ve had it in the tank and finally it came out, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.”
The Tigers had lost four of their first five games, ommitting just one draw with Cornell last weekend. After scoring just four goals in their first five games, the Tigers have now netted eight in their last two.
“You just sit there and you’re like, ‘where was this in the other games?’” Odorisio joked. “It frustrates you a little bit. It just wasn’t falling for us, but that’s soccer.”
Elijah Perez started the game in net for IW, giving up just one goal in 65:38. Oscar Hernandez and Trevor Haasis also saw time in net.
IW, now 1-5-1 on the year, has just three games to go before confernce play. They’ll have three-straight on the road before opening up SLIAC play at home against Blackburn College on Saturday Oct. 5.
The Tigers’ next game will be in Dubuque, on Saturday, Oct. 21, when they head to Loras College.