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.
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.