By: Elijah Johnson
The UW-Whitewater Men’s Soccer team are back on the right track after a tie in their previous match up snapped a two game win streak.
With over 90 spectators in attendance for the 3 pm contest, the young Warhawks put on a spectacular show.
Attacking early and often, the Warhawks took a total of 17 shots in the game, only six came near the goal.
Junior Taylor Ortiz (St.Charles, IL/ St.Charles East) started off the two score shutout, by scoring his first goal of the season and his only goal of the game at the 21st minute mark.
“I felt like after scoring the first goal, it got the game going fast for us. We definitely had more energy and it set the tone for the game. This is a game we really wanted, now we are ready to get this streak going.” said Ortiz.
The second goal came from freshman Joey Pumo (Waukesha, WI/ Waukesha West) in the 48th minute of the game.
With stiff defense throughout the match, the Warhawks allowed 11 shots, with only five being close to the goal.
The Warhawks improved to 6-3-3 on the season while also remaining undefeated at home (4-0).
Head Coach Tony Guinn was very proud of the way his team performed, but now has his focus on the next big match up.
“We did enough to win the game today, we played a team from a really good conference. They were coached by a class act coach and I am glad our guys were ready for the challenge. Now our focus is on the Cup match next week.” said coach Guinn.
Some may wonder what the cup match is while others have this game marked on their calendars.
The Viking-Warhawk cup is a yearly game held between Augustana College (IL) and Whitewater, winner gets to keep the trophy until the next match up.
After losing the cup last year, the Warhawks look to reclaim the award.
“We’ve had this game on are schedule for a long time, last years game left a bad taste in our mouth. Even though we lost a few seniors the guys we got back have trained hard all offseason and now we are ready to see how much we can keep improving this year.” said coach Quinn.
The Viking-Warhawk Cup will be decided next week and will take place at Fiskum Field on October 4th, 2017 starting at 7 p.m.