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Chargers Open Division Play With Pair of Victories

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Sept. 16, 2013
CHICAGO—The Carl Sandburg College men’s soccer team opened Region IV Champions Division play with a pair of road victories over the weekend. The Chargers took down Kennedy-King 10-3 on Friday evening before shutting out Truman 3-0 on Saturday.


Freshman Lawson Crider netted his second straight hat trick in Sandburg’s rout of Kennedy-King. Freshman Jake Kirchoff-Sleet added a pair of goals, and freshman Martin Morales scored twice and added an assist. Sophomore Jesse Bathelt contributed a goal and three assists, and freshman Jalen Jones scored a goal and added an assist for the Chargers, who outshot Kennedy-King 12-8.


“We put on a show offensively. It is remarkable that out of 12 shots on goal we scored 10,” Sandburg coach Allen Eskridge said. “I am particularly impressed by Martin, who has come on as a substitute so far this year and every time he comes in he has a great attitude, creates chances and has a great nose for the goal.”


Crider scored twice more and notched an assist in the Chargers’ win over Truman. Crider opened the scoring with a goal off a pass from sophomore Gustavo Sarmiento and closed it with a penalty kick after freshman Brandyn Murray drew a foul in the box. Crider assisted Jake Kirchoff-Sleett for the Chargers’ second goal.


Sandburg (6-2-0, 2-0-0) outshot Truman 10-4 while goalkeepers Collin Jeffcoat and Jake Hannam and a backline anchored by sophomore Connor Benson preserved the shutout for the Chargers’ fifth straight win.


“I challenged the team before the game for each player to play their best game defensively. Mission accomplished,” Eskridge said. “I was very proud of the shutout. The game ball goes to Connor Benson, who anchored the defense, and David Hernandez, who earned his first collegiate start, along with Gus Sarmiento and Jalen Jones.”


The Chargers return to division play when they host Lake County at 6 p.m. Friday at Kleine Equipment Field.