Chargers Downed 2-1 by Prairie St. in Opener

Aug. 23, 2013
GALESBURG—The Carl Sandburg College men’s soccer team couldn’t rally from an early two-goal deficit in a 2-1 loss to Prairie State on Friday at Kleine Equipment Field in the Chargers’ season opener.

 

The Pioneers, Region IV runners-up a season ago, got on the board in the eighth minute when Felipe Garcia da Silva knocked a left-footed shot off the far post and in. Da Silva then converted a penalty kick in the 25th minute after Sandburg’s Connor Benson was whistled for a foul in the box.

 

The Chargers (0-1-0) got on the board in the 70th minute after sophomore Manfred Gonzalez corralled a loose ball and found freshman Brandyn Murray, who flipped a shot past the goalkeeper.

 

Sandburg had eight corner kicks to none for Prairie State and couldn’t capitalize on several other solid scoring chances. Murray blasted a shot off the crossbar in the eighth minute, and his bicycle kick in the 88th minute trickled just wide of the goal. Freshman Jake Kirchoff-Sleet also missed a shot from 15 yards out that went just over the crossbar in the 23rd minute.

 

The Chargers are in action again at 4 p.m. Monday at Emmaus Bible College. Sandburg’s next home game is 6 p.m. Wednesday against Knox at Kleine Equipment Field.

 

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Carl Sandburg College freshman Brandyn Murray drives the ball against Prairie State's Angel Cedeno in the second half of the Chargers' season opener Friday afternoon at the Knox County YMCA.