FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The IPFW men’s soccer team welcomed the start of the new season, blowing by St. Joseph’s (Ind.) 6-0 on Friday evening. The Mastodons earned a goal from six separate student-athletes – and an assist from four others – in the opening day victory.
The Mastodon’s win marks the second-consecutive year in which IPFW (1-0-0) started the season without a loss, as last year the Mastodons opened the season with a 2-2 draw against Northern Kentucky on August 30, 2013.
IPFW got off to an early lead following the first career goal from sophomore Andy O’Donoghue in the 2nd minute. Junior Corey Tom began the play with a cross from the right side, received by senior Scott Williams, who headed the ball to O’Donoghue near the center of the goal. O’Donoghue’s shot came from 10 yards out, beating a diving keeper to his left.
The ‘Dons extended their lead seven minutes later following a penalty kick from freshman Britt Watts – also his first of the season – beating the keeper to his left. A Puma defender had a rough takedown of Watts in the box, giving him the penalty kick.
The Blue and White continued, adding goals the 60th minute following a goal from junior Austin West. A Puma defender began with an attempt to clear the ball on the goalkeeper’s left side, but found West for a chip shot over the keeper.
IPFW sealed the win with sophomore Spencer Brown‘s first career goal in the 82nd minute. After dribbling the ball through the Puma defense, Logan West passed it over to Brown, who made the shot from 18 yards out, beating the keeper to the opposite corner.
IPFW capped off its impressive showing when junior Eau Rikhotso beat the keeper and the clock, as the ball rolled past the goal line with one second remaining on the clock. The goal marked the first career score for Rikhotso.
The Mastodons held the upper hand throughout the game, out shooting the Pumas 15-3 in the first half and finishing with a 31-3 advantage. IPFW earned three corner kicks in the first 45 minutes, while St. Joseph’s managed one. For the game, the ‘Dons had 6 corners, while the Pumas finished with one.
The Puma goaltenders combined to make eight saves, as Matthew Foy and Lewis Jones IV each made four stops.
IPFW takes on the Western Michigan Broncos on Sunday, August 31, following the Mastodon women’s soccer game against Northern Kentucky. The men’s match is set to begin at 2:30 p.m., at the Hefner Soccer Complex.