Tigers get team effort in win over Indian Hills
Juan Carrillo has scored 14 goals and dished out 11 assists this season for the 19th ranked Marshalltown Community College soccer team.
The Tiger freshman got plenty of help Saturday though as Carrillo played just 30 minutes, recorded an assist and MCC won its 13th game this year with a 3-0 shutout win over Indian Hills during an Iowa Community College Athletic Conference match.
MCC coach Rafael Martinez used a completely different starting lineup against the Warriors. Overall, he was happy with how his nationally ranked program performed in front of its home fans.
“The first goal was to fight hard and get the win. That was important,” Martinez said. “We did have different looks. We moved some guys around to test them and see how they were doing. We also were trying to save some legs.
“The other players stepped up to the occasion, followed the gameplan and we got the win and got the shutout.”
Carrillo won his third consecutive ICCAC Offensive Player of the Week honor earlier in the week but did not play a single minute of the first half. He started the second half and tallied his lone assist just 2:09 into the second stanza when his corner kick was perfectly placed just in front of the net and Bill Baye did the rest with an impressive header.
“We work on that play during practice. I know exactly where the ball is going to be,” Baye said. “We were a little unorganized in that first half but came out hard in the second half. It was a good win.”
The Tigers (13-3-1, 9-2) built a 2-0 halftime lead when they scored both goals in the final 8 minutes.
Sophomore Hernan Lopez was tackled in the box by Indian Hills freshman Jesse Stuffelbeem and then converted the penalty kick to make it 1-0.
Six minutes later, freshman Chester Killen gave MCC a two-goal advantage when he poked the ball past Indian Hills keeper Colton Mihalovich. The goal was set up nicely off a nifty pass by Roberto Velazquez in front of the net.
“It shouldn’t matter if you are a starter or not. On this team, everyone is equal,” Baye said. “If you don’t play hard, someone else will. If someone else plays better than you on that day, then they’ll be on the field.”
Another regular starter – goalkeeper Julian Pena – sat out the contest. He was replaced by backup Andrew Waterfall. The freshman Brandon, S.D., native was up to the challenge as he won his second start of the season and stopped four shots in the process.
“Andrew has played some minutes here and there. We like to test him and see what happens,” Martinez said. “He has come into the games and done a good job. We knew we would be fine with him. I feel comfortable with his game. He made some good saves today.”
The scoring ended after Baye’s goal early in the second half. But the Tigers got several other chances to tack on to their lead. None better than Jordan Gilmore’s though as his free kick sailed just north of the crossbar with 34 minutes to play in the match.
The Tigers out-shot the Warriors, 20-7, in the match and also had a 10-3 advantage in corner kicks.
“This win is big because it helps us stay in second in the conference, which is big for us,” Martinez said.
The Warriors dropped to 4-12 overall and 2-9 in ICCAC play after the loss. Mihalovich stopped seven of MCC’s 10 shots on goal in the defeat.
MCC sophomore Marcus Boehler received a yellow card in the first half, while Indian Hills freshman Jeremy Stuffelbeem was carded in the second frame. … The first meeting between MCC and Indian Hills resulted in a 10-0 win for the Tigers. … Saturday was the final home match of the regular season but was the first that featured the newly installed scoreboard. “Our soccer program has won three of the last seven NJCAA Regional XI Championships and deserves to play at a quality facility with a scoreboard,” MCC Director of Athletics Dan Huntley said. “This is an important commitment by our athletic department to our most successful program. It can be seen as a way to set an example for hard work and success. It was hard to believe that such a successful program was flipping numbers at a score table.”