Five points a piece from Parkside’s dynamic duo of Jon Bebeau and Niklas Boedts leads the Rangers to a 6-2 route over the Greyhounds.
UW-Parkside’s men’s soccer program hosted the University of Indiana (4-4-2) (2-4-1) in unpleasant weather conditions at Wood Road Field this afternoon. Typically, one would anticipate a slow pace, grind-it-out match considering such inclement surroundings; however, the Rangers high octane offense would do anything but sputter.
“It didn’t really affect our guys too much,” assured Parkside’s head coach Rick Kilps. “We just stressed the importance of not taking chances defensively and being persistent on the offensive end.”
Parkside (9-2-1) (5-2-1) would enter action leading the Great Lakes Valley Conference in shot attempts per game at 20.91 per contest and ranking second in goals per game at 2.91.
Following a brilliant pass by junior Jose Alfaro, Bebeau’s goal would finish off the possession providing the opening score just minutes into play.
“We came out today on fire,” said Bebeau. “It’s a great feeling to play in front of friends and relatives coming from a long distance and to perform like that.”
At 6:45, Johnson Thao would clean up his own mess with a goal epitomizing savvy decision-making by the seasoned veteran. Following a save by Indianapolis’s net-minder Justin Roberts, the rebound from his own shot would lead to a 2-0 advantage for Johnson and the Rangers.
Less than a minute later, Indianapolis’s Cory Barber would be make it a point to cut the deficit in half with a fortunate goal off a rebound initiated by Parkside’s keeper Jamie Lieberman.
Boedts would be credited for a goal at 21:40 by a most generous error surrendered by Roberts. After he failed to handle a loose ball, the midfielder would take full advantage of the miscue by putting home his eighth goal of the season.
With the intention of tacking on an insurance goal, deflections off saves would benefit the Rangers yet again. Senior forward Cyril Simmons would complete a sequence of shots being redirected with a score top shelf to take a commanding 4-1 Parkside lead.
Late in regulation, a solid setup by freshman Austin Robb would nearly add another point to the board except Dennis Orellana’s one-timed blast would ricochet off the top cross bar.
Courtesy of a moon-shot goal by Indianapolis’s freshman midfielder Max Marsh, the Greyhounds would have the intention of salvaging the match with their second at 67:52. Just a minute and a half later, Boedts would damper this prospect with his second goal assisted by Simmons.
To complete their second straight home match with six or more goals, Bebeau would put the finishing touches on a 6-2 victory with his second goal of the afternoon cultivated by a beautiful corner kick by Johnson.
Boedts and Bebeau both led all scorers with two goals and an assist each. Simmons also chipped in with a goal and an assist. Lieberman completed all 90 minutes racking up four saves to his credit.
To wrap up the weekend home-stand, the Rangers host the Saint Joseph College Pumas Sunday afternoon. With an official 2:30 start time, Parkside will get set for its ninth conference match of the year.
According to a satisfied Kilps, “They worked their tails off all week leading up to this game…it’s a well deserved victory.”