MCC applies education to outscore Iowa Lakes
The opening minutes of Saturday’s match set the Tigers in an early hole.
To remedy that problem Tuesday, the Marshalltown Community College men’s soccer team rarely let their opponent control the ball.
Making a concerted effort to set the pace from the start, the Tigers established enough cushion to weather a couple lapses late.
Roberto Velazquez scored twice off assists from John Krause, while Bill Baye and Juan Carillo also found the back of the net in a 4-2 Iowa Community College Athletic Conference Division victory over Iowa Lakes CC Tuesday.
“We wanted to make sure that we had most of the possession in the first five minutes,” said MCC coach Rafael Martinez.
“That allows us to get our concentration going and get into the game. It allows us to move the ball quick so that we know what the other team is doing.”
The Tigers (6-2-1, 2-0-0) fired 30 shots overall and nine on goal, never allowing Lakers’ keeper Richard Nolasco to get comfortable. After having away their first six shots turned away, the home team finally caught a break.
Bill Baye got a head on Juan Carillo’s corner kick, which bounced high in front of the goal. Nolasco leaped up to punch the ball away but instead his right hand sent the ball spiraling back into the net, giving Baye his first goal of the season at the 12:15 mark.
A lucky break perhaps, though the Tigers created their own luck throughout the match with consistent pressure on the Lakers’ back third of the field, while dominating possession most of the afternoon.
There were no lucky bounces on MCC’s ensuing score. Krause received a pass from Alex Galvan and crossed the ball from right to left, where Velazquez drilled the ball back toward the far post – pushing the lead to 2-0 at 37:15.
“We wanted to keep moving the ball fast because they were going to come out strong,” said Velazquez of the strategy after halftime.
“We had to move the ball fast to get them out of their game and get them into our game.”
The Tigers continued to fire away in the second half, though a swift counterattack cut their lead in half as Ross Condon struck from the left side into the upper netting at 52:08.
MCC responded five minutes later with a pair of goals in an 11-second span. Carillo took a touch pass from Jaime Agujetas and swiveled around Nolasco and a pair of Lakers before slipping the ball into the net to reestablish the Tigers’ two-goal cushion. Velazquez followed at 57:38 with a header off another crossing pass from Krause.
“In a game like this, it’s very easy to remember the passes, the goals and the shots, but I have to highlight the effort we put in the entire game,” Martinez said. “That’s really what allowed us to play like we did. Because we were able to win the ball back from them, that’s what allowed us to have the possession and a lot of support.”
The Lakers (3-3-0, 1-2-0) retained possession long enough to add another score late as Jose Alejadre buried a direct kick from the top of the box at 87:55. Like Iowa Lakes’ first goal, MCC had a brief lapse though it was the first goal that was more concerning for Martinez.
“The one I’m most disappointed about is the counterattack because we’ve worked hard on that particular play and how we have to position defensively,” Martinez said. “That was the one time we were not able to win the ball (back) right away when we lost it. Unfortunately, they took advantage of it that one time.”
Overall though, there were many things to build from as Andrew Waterfall made his first start in net and made two saves in the victory. Waterfall replaced Julian Pena who was “a bit sore” coming into the match, though Martinez is comfortable with either in the net.
“We’re very confident in both of them,” Martinez said. “Luckily we have two very good goalkeepers that are doing a tremendous job in practice. Coach (Creighton) Jenness makes sure the intensity is high for both of them so they’re equally prepared. We were confident Andrew could come in and take care of business and he did.”
MCC, which received votes in the latest NJCAA poll, travels to North Iowa Area CC Saturday for an ICCAC match set for 1 p.m.
Carillo raised his team-high season goal total to six. … sophomore striker Andrew Valett didn’t play due to some soreness, according to Martinez, though the head coach expects him back in time for the Tigers’ next match. … Iowa Lakes took nine shots and had four on goal.