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Sandburg Men’s Soccer Downed by ICC in Season Opener

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Aug. 27, 2014
GALESBURG—Illinois Central handed the Carl Sandburg College men’s soccer team a 5-1 defeat in the season opener for both teams Tuesday evening at Kleine Equipment Field.

Playing their first game under coach Ariel Pesce, the Chargers (0-1-0) surrendered three first-half goals and the first five of the match before freshman David Chiu-Hung (Miami, Fla./American) got Sandburg on the board in the 74th minute with an unassisted goal.

ICC (1-0-0) got two goals apiece from Carson Gray (7th, 54th) and Joost Hommenga (16th, 20th). Pedro Ocampo connected in the 74th minute to give the  Cougars a 5-0 advantage.

The Chargers were outshot 16-8 but had several quality scoring chances before Chiu-Hung’s goal. Freshman Justin Findlay (Palm Bay, Fla./Bayside) attempted a long free kick that dipped off the crossbar in the 68th minute, and sophomore Jake Kirchoff-Sleet (Queen Elizabeth’s Meridian/Tamworth, England), who had a team-high five shots on goal, had a header in the 69th minute that was stopped with a diving save.

The Chargers played a man down for most of the game when freshman Camilo Martinez was given a red card in the 29th minute on a tackle attempt.

“Tactically, we weren’t very organized in the first half and they were able to take advantage,” Pesce said. “We actually played better after we went down a man. The last 15 or 20 minutes was more like the way we’re capable of playing. We just need to find a way to play like that for 90 minutes.”