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Sandburg Men’s Soccer Winning Streak Snapped at 4 Games

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Sept. 25, 2012
GALESBURG—The Carl Sandburg College men’s soccer team saw its winning streak end at four games with a 2-1 loss to Harry S. Truman on Tuesday at Kleine Equipment Field.

The Chargers (4-2, 3-1 Region IV Champions Division) opened the scoring with a beautiful goal by sophomore Kevin Aka. Aka took a long lob from Gerardo Ayala off one bounce and lofted it over the Falcons’ keeper from 30 yards out in the 11th minute for a 1-0 advantage.

“I saw the ball coming and thought I’d just lay into it,” Aka said. “I don’t want to say I was lucky because I knew what I was doing.”

Truman tied things up on a header by Mahsheahk Hoque in the 28th minute to snap a 164-minute shutout streak by Chargers goalkeeper Collin Jeffcoat. The Falcons went ahead in the 49th minute after Luis Balaquera snuck past the Sandburg defense and put it into an open net.

The Chargers couldn’t get the equalizer despite matching the Falcons’ 14 total shots and having five corner kicks to Truman’s two.

“I’m actually happier with the way we played tonight than the last two games,” Sandburg coach Allen Eskridge said. “The first half was so well played, and they just packed it in in the second half after they took the lead.”

The Chargers’ next game is 2 p.m. Oct. 3 at Elgin Community College.


Caption: Carl Sandburg College men’s soccer player Kevin Aka shoots during the first half of the Chargers’ game Tuesday against Harry S. Truman at Kleine Equipment Field. Aka scored on the play, but the Chargers lost 2-1.