Men’s soccer shuts down Bonnies

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The men’s soccer team blasted the Bonnies of St. Bonaventure out of Hermann Stadium with a 5-0 victory on Oct. 22. Five different Billikens scored, and three of the goals came in the last 15 minutes of play.

The Billikens could not successfully convert their many shots on goal in the first half, but junior defender Akeem Richards put them out of their misery when he finished a ball off the heads of freshman midfielder Constantin Heider and senior midfielder Max Karcher in the 45th minute.

And one goal was all it took to get the men in the right mindset. Senior mid- fielder Joe Saad collected a pass and took a hit into the top-right corner for a 2-0 Billiken lead. Heider followed ten minutes later with a sweet finish off a free kick.

Just when the Bonnies thought it couldn’t get much worse, senior defender Julian Gieseke made it 4-0 off a rebound from Karcher. Freshman defender Quayyum Murana earned the last goal of the match when he found the ball with his head in the 84th minute of play off a corner from Saad.

However, the men were given a taste of their own medicine when they traveled to Indiana on Oct. 25 and suffered a 5-0 loss to the Hoosiers.

The game was scoreless for the first 20 minutes, but the Hoosiers found the back of the net in the 21st minute, when the Billikens turned over the ball on the back line. SLU proceeded to concede three more goals in the first half alone.

The Billikens tried a fresh face in goal at the start of the first half, giving freshman goalie Ty Frederking his first minutes in between the posts.

The men figured out their defense in the second half, only giving up one goal off a free kick. However, they were unable to generate any substantial offense to come back from the large deficit made in the first half.

The men hold a perfect record in conference at 6-0. If they win or tie on Oct. 29 against Fordham, they will take the A-10 regular season title. The Bills play Fordham at home for a 7 p.m. kickoff. They will travel to Washington, D.C. to play George Washington on Nov. 5.