Men’s soccer team notches first win

On Oct. 3 the MATC men’s soccer team took on the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha Cougars at home. The Stormers have not only had a rough season, but also a rough couple of years. They haven’t been able to win a single game in the last three seasons. Due to a red card infraction, their starting goalkeeper, Jake Paniagua, was forced to sit out, and backup goalie, Xheladin Rushitoski, suited up for his first start.

The Cougars, who came roaring into the game boasting a much better record, expected an easy win. The Stormers capitalized and blew them away in the first quarter, with two goals in the first 10 minutes.

The first is credited to Alexander Lopez and the second to Bradd Lemke.  Lopez scored again in the 25th minute. Kyle Holmes scored in the closing minutes of the first half, giving the Stormers a 4-0 lead going into the break.

Lemke scored his second goal in the 73rd minute and Luis Gonzalez scored the final goal in the 88th minute of the game. It was an overall great win for the Stormers, with the offense and defense firing on all cylinders.

The offense was able to put up a total of 44 shots on goal, while the defense only allowed nine shots all game, and Rushitoski blocked them all.

Assistant coach Tony Shelby was very happy with the play of his team, saying, “This win was a culmination of all our hard work we have put in up to this point.”

The Stormers three-season- long winless streak is now behind them, and with their current standing of 1-11, players and coaches can now focus on the future, and notching that second win.