By: Edward Perez – Staff Writer
The men of Flyers Soccer picked up their fifth win of the season after demolishing Bowling Green this past Thursday at Baujan Field.
The match kicked off and looked to be a level game, as both teams were continuously going at each other’s goal looking to put one past the rival goalkeeper.
This being the case, how did the Flyers leave Baujan with a six-nil win over the Falcons? They were more clinical when it came to the finishing touch.
It took no more than 13 minutes for the Flyers to acquire the lead when junior midfielder Tommy Harr was found on the left flank, right outside the rival’s box and managed to slip a ball to senior forward Maik Schoonderwoerd, who took care of the job and put the ball past Bowling Green’s junior goalkeeper, Ryan Heuton.
Graduate midfielder Amass Amankona found Harr running down the left side shortly after, and it looked as if the Flyers were to increase their lead after Harr slipped another ball toward the center of the box, just missing the feet of Schoonderwoerd and bringing the Falcons out of danger.
In the 24th minute, senior midfielder Kissima Bojang dribbled his way towards the right side of the Falcons’ 18-yard and curled the ball from outside the box into the top left corner of the goal to extend the Flyers’ lead to 2-0.
The Falcons suffered an injury after Amankona was found in the center of the pitch and touched the ball to junior midfielder James Haupt, who was running down the right side and being chased by junior defender Jake Genrich. Genrich’s foot gave out in the chase and the defender went down, unable to reach Haupt, who had won the ball and was making a run towards goal. The play was stopped when Genrich was carried off the pitch by a teammate. It looked from the stands as if he twisted his ankle.
Halftime came and the Flyers had managed six overall shots, whereas The Falcons created several opportunities to score but were not able to put the ball into the net.
The game once more was underway, and it took no more than five minutes into the second half for the Flyers to extend their lead to 3-0 after junior defender Lalas Abubakar headed a ball sent in from the corner flag, courtesy of senior midfielder Michael Frasca.
In the 61st minute, Frasca was on the run towards goal and found Schoonderwoerd on the penalty spot of the Falcons’ box. Schoonderwoerd was marked by a defender and was forced to touch the ball back to Frasca, who had joined Schoonderwoerd inside the box and put the ball past the Falcons keeper.
Schoonderwoerd picked up his second goal shortly after in the 75th minute after Heuton made a save but failed to recover the ball, putting it right in front of the Dutchman, who tapped it in to put the Flyers up by five.
Senior midfielder Brian Bates, who came on as a substitute, was practically unmarked and spotted by senior defender Carlos Sendin, who lofted a long ball to where Bates stood near the 18-yard box. Bates brought the ball down and shot it into back of the net for Dayton’s final goal of the game.
The Flyers look to accomplish another feat tomorrow in Columbus, when they face Ohio State at 7 p.m.