Snow men’s soccer team rebounds from rough start, splits with SLCC Bruins
By Emily Staley
Sept. 28, 2017
TAYLORSVILLE, Utah—The Snow College men’s soccer team had a rough start this weekend against Salt Lake Community College, but rebounded and finished strong.
The Badgers played Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) this weekend on Friday and Saturday. Friday’s game ended with a disappointing 1-3 loss. Saturday’s game, however, ended with the improved result of a 2-1 win for Snow.
Friday’s game started off when SLCC quickly scored the first goal of the game at the 13th minute, and scored again just nine minutes later.
Sophomore Sam BamberLister scored Snow’s first and only goal in the 47th minute, but SLCC wrapped up the day in the 61st minute with a third and final goal.
Although the amount of shots taken by both teams was almost even at 13-14, SLCC resulted in more success than the Badgers. Salt Lake Community College made 17 fouls throughout the game, while Snow only made less than half of that at with eight fouls.
Saturdays game, though chilly, ended opposite of Saturday’s game with a victory to the Badgers. Snow started the game off right when Sophomore Felipe Novellini scored the first goal of the game in the 19th minute.
In the 67th minute, SLCC answered Snow with a ball to the net, putting the game at a 1-1 tie. After the tension built for 35 minutes of scoreless play, Snow Freshman James Peña gave relief by scoring the Badgers second and final goal. This sealed up the game, handing a hard-fought win to Snow College.
Both teams took nine shots each throughout the game, but in the end the Badgers came out with twice as many successful shots than did SLCC.
“Today’s game for the men was a lot better than yesterday’s game,” said coach Nuno Gourgel. “We still aren’t where we want to be, but we were better than yesterday and were good enough to win the game 2-1.”
Overall, the team has won six of their eight games this season.
This week the Snow College men’s soccer team will be playing on home turf. It started out battling Western Wyoming Community College on Tuesday (score unavailable at press time). Tomorrow and Saturday, the Badgers will finish out their week against Utah State University Eastern.