Wood Road Field was host to picture perfect weather for Parkside Soccer this afternoon. The men’s game started off the double dip this afternoon against the University of Maryville. The men’s squad, entering in off of a 2-0 loss against the University of St. Louis, had a great rebound effort. The Rangers were victorious this afternoon, winning over Maryville by the score of 3-1.
The opening score of the match came forty-eight minutes in, and was a beauty from Parkside’s senior defender Ben Kreple. The goal was scored from over thirty-five yards out after an attempted clear by Maryville off of a Parkside corner kick. Kreple launched the ball up and over the out of positioned Maryville keeper, giving the Rangers the first goal of the match.
The next goal was also scored from a corner kick, and, this time, it was straight from the set piece. Niklas Boedts was on the receiving end of a back flick header by Austin Robb, and Boedts smashed it in from close range. After a couple of blocked chances, Maryville was unable to prevent the last Parkside tally. The goal was credited to Parkside’s Matt Gloshen after another chaotic play right on the mouth of goal.
Beyond a goal-keeping blunder by the Parkside’s Palani Apuakehau, which led to the lone goal scored by Maryville on the afternoon, the Rangers had an exceptionally strong second half performance. The Rangers had many clever passes, and really pushed the Maryville Saints’ defense hard with a relentless possession game. The win bumps the overall record of the Parkside’s men’s squad up to 3-1-1, as well as 1-1-1 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
The women’s soccer team started right where they left off in a 5-1 win against Missouri St. Louis. Shannon Becker worked off the left side of the box and sent a cross into Kristen Benson, who headed it in for a 1-0 Parkside lead, four minutes into the match.
“One thing we tried to stress to them is the intensity we had Friday; in the first half, it wasn’t there,” said women’s soccer Head Coach Troy Fabiano. “In the second half, they raised it again.”
The Rangers, who were solid in the opening stages of the first half, were on their back foot for the better part of the half. Maryville seemed to possess the ball, defend, and continue attacks for a considerably long margin of the half. However, this attack may have left them out of the loop defensively. After a Parkside corner kick, Lauki’i Cheng took a rebound and smashed it home for Parkside’s second goal in the 32nd minute of the first half.
The second half opened with good ball control and pace by the Rangers, and it didn’t take long to atone. Come the 57th minute, Shannon Becker netted her first goal of the afternoon. Becker walked up on goal and slotted it past Maryville’s keeper to make it a 3-0 Parkside lead.
The game really slowed towards the end, as multiple substitutions for tired bodies were frequent. The top striking pair of Becker and Chalery checked back in the match for Parkside late, and their energy didn’t take long to be effective. Crystal Chalery broke past defenders, beat the keeper one-on-one, and eventually had a cross in towards Shannon Becker, who scored her second of the match.
Already leading 4-0, Parkside’s Lauki’i Cheng netted her second off a fantastic shot from distance. Cheng, sitting in her midfield spot, ran up and nailed a strike from over 30 yards out to make it a 5-0 lead, which would be the final score.
“It says a lot when you can have someone come out here and put pressure on someone for ninety minutes, physically,” said Coach Fabiano. “We’re not the biggest group of girls, but if they can impose that will on a lot of teams we can be successful because you’re creating chances and scoring chances.”
The win for the women’s soccer team puts them 3-1 overall, and stay undefeated in GLVC play with a 3-0 record. UW-Parkside Soccer travels next weekend to Kentucky Wesleyan University on Friday, and the University of Southern Indiana on Sunday.
“We’re progressing,” said Coach Fabiano. “[The Girls] made a huge step Friday. We want to be able to play for ninety minutes hard.”
Their next home games will be the following week, and will see Northern Kentucky University and Bellermine University at Parkside’s Wood Road Field.
“You bring in Northern Kentucky, who is ranked ninth in the country,” explained Coach Fabiano, “and Bellermine who is ranked sixeenth. Two weekends from now we’ll have an eye opener.”