Connor Twomey (#16) battles for the ball as Chris Madigan (#8) and Dennis Palacios (#2) look on Saturday.
Connor Twomey (#16) battles for the ball as Chris Madigan (#8) and Dennis Palacios (#2) look on Saturday.
Men's Soccer - Sat, Oct. 22, 2011
V-Hawk outbursts send IWC to loss in regular season finale
Iowa Wesleyan
Viterbo University
LA CROSSE, WIS. - Viterbo (Wis.) University scored in less than 2 1/2 minutes in the first half and went on to defeat the Iowa Wesleyan College men's soccer team 7-1 Saturday afternoon at the Viterbo Outdoor Athletics Complex.

The Tigers lost their regular season finale and finished 4-11 in the regular season, including 1-7 in the Midwest Collegiate Conference. IWC finishes eighth in the conference standings and now will face top-seeded Mount Mercy University next Sunday, Oct. 30, in the MCC Tournament quarterfinals. Mount Mercy won a tie for the regular season title and the tiebreaker for the top seed by upsetting nationally ranked Grand View University Saturday afternoon on the final day of conference regular season play.

Wesleyan once again played a tough opponent close for a good portion of the first half, only to see that work come undone quickly by a scoring barrage. The V-Hawks (8-6-2 overall, 4-3-1 MCC) got their first goal from Jake Wenzel at the 28:09 mark, and then added a second just 46 seconds later by Marc Russell. Just 100 seconds later Viterbo was on the charge again and a foul in the box resulted in a penalty kick converted by James Lockley.

The score remained that way into the second half, and in the 59th minute the V-Hawks scored again on an unassisted goal by Derek Fuchsberger. Viterbo then blew it wide open with two goals less than 30 seconds apart in the 66th minute, and added one more four minutes later.

The Tigers did not quit and finally got on the board at 83:05 as Kareem Michael (Fr.-Davenport, Fla.) tapped in a pass from Chris Matthews (Jr.-Toronto, Ontario, Canada) for his first goal of the season. IWC also pressured Viterbo in the final minute but a handball in the box was left uncalled, denying the Tigers a final chance to add on a goal.

Troy Osborne (Sr.-Sydney, Australia) returned to the team after missing the past several weeks due to the passing of his father, and he made six saves in his return. Mirko Drsysga (Fr.-Bremen, Germany) and Jacob Landis (Fr.-St. Anne, Ill.) also played in goal in the second half, with Drsysga making one save.

Viterbo outshot Iowa Wesleyan 14-8 in the game. Michael, Caio Costa (Fr.-Sao Paolo, Brazil) and Dylan Newman (Fr.-Botkins, Ohio) all tied for the team lead with two shots each.

IWC will face Mount Mercy next Sunday at a time to be determined. Viterbo clinched the fifth seed in the MCC Tournament and will face #4 seed Clarke University in the quarterfinals.

Box score Viterbo 7 IWC 1