By Stephen Anderson
LOGOS STAFF WRITER
After a two-hour weather delay, UIW men’s soccer defeated CIW Cardenales of Mexico 8-0 at Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium late Friday night, Sept. 25.
For the first time ever UIW held an international soccer match. CIW Mexico is located in Mexico City. The game, which was listed on the Hispanic Heritage Month events calendar, was used to bring the two schools together for the first time.
In nine minutes, UIW got on the scoreboard when forward Ben Conway put home a shot past the CIW goalkeeper to put the Cardinals up 1-0. Ten minutes later, the home team added to its lead when midfielder Miguel Ojeda and forward O’Neal Moore scored in the 14th and 22nd minute, respectively. The Cardinals went into halftime with a 3-0 advantage.
Ten minutes into the second half, UIW took a four-goal lead when Moore scored his second goal of the evening. Midfielder Robert Pratt came in the second half and quickly scored a goal in the 32nd minute, making it 5-0.
A penalty was called on CIW minutes later and midfielder Michael Forbes took the penalty kick. Forbes stepped up and sent a shot towards the net that the CIW goalkeeper got a hand on, but the ball went into the net anyway.
The Cardinals took advantage of another penalty kick opportunity later in the match. This time midfielder Carlos Guerrero took the kick and gave the Cardinals a 7-0 advantage. UIW would add one final goal before time expired, giving the team eight goals – equaling its highest goal total for the 2015 season.