The Pratt Community College men's soccer team travelled to Tonkawa, Okla. last Friday and opened the season in great style with a 1-0 victory against Northern Oklahoma College.
After starting the game out slow, Pratt found their rhythm in the first half with Nik Bohne, Callum Strang and Braulio Morales all taking shots in and around the box.
Northern Oklahoma came into the game midway through the first half as they made a rare break on the Beaver goal only to be stopped by a save from goalie Scott Robertson.
The breakthrough for the Beavers came from Jorge Rodriguez midway through the second half with a strike into the roof of the net, which put the Beavers up 1 to 0.
"Despite late pressure the Beavers defense, led by Joe Pena, held out to record the first victory of the season," said Kevin Kewley, Men's Soccer Coach.
The Beavers travelled to Kansas City for their second game of the season Tuesday to face Kansas City Kansas Community College.
"The team lost a hard fought game 2-0 at KCK," said Kewley. "Neither team created a lot of goal scoring chances in the first half, but 30 minutes in KCK converted on a rare opportunity after a mistake in the Beaver defense to take a 1-0 lead.
After starting out the season 1-1, the Beavers faced their next challenge squaring off against Western Nebraska Community College in non-conference play on Saturday.
"Conditions were extremely dangerous with the temperature soaring," said Kevin Kewley, Head Men's Soccer Coach. "Players from both teams were suffering in the scorching heat."
The Beavers took control of the Cougars after 30 minutes of play when Nik Bohne scored after an assist from Braulio Morales. Just 5 minutes later, Eddie Hernandez scored in his first appearance for the Beavers this season with a header from close range .
W. Nebraska pulled a goal back just before the half time whistle to make the score 2-1 in favor of the Beavers as the half ended .
After the break the Beavers dominated the game and got close to adding to their lead several times. Eventually Gordie MacNab smacked in a free kick from 25 yards out to give the Beavers a commanding 3-1 lead . The game finished 3-1 to the Beavers.
"Once again Scotty Robertson had another fine performance in nets for PCC," said Kewley. "Joe Pena and Dominic Swindler played superb defense, and the midfield of Callum Strang, Gordie MacNab, Jono Callaghan, Braulio Morales and Eddie Hernandez worked tirelessly in the heat.
Forwards Gordo Rodriquez and Nik Bohne also played their part in a great win. This was a great display from the Beavers in difficult conditions."
This win boosted the Beavers to 2-1 on the season, who most recently played Northwest Tech Tuesday at PCC at the campus soccer field.
Page 2 of 2 - The squad from Goodland was able to squeak past the homestanding Beavers by a 4-3 count, dropping PCC's mark to 2-2 on the year.
The Beavers continue their homestand this week taking on Hesston at the PCC soccer pitch, Thursday at 4:30 p.m.