‘Cats net seventh win in a row, opponents get one goal a game

The Wildcat men’s soccer team has continued to steamroll opponents in and out of conference play.

On Oct. 12, Baker traveled to Fayette, Mo. for a conference matchup with Central Methodist University, but was forced to play without captain Ryan McAloon after he received his fifth yellow card of the season against Avila University.

In the eleventh minute of the game, Central Methodist striker Franco Riviera gave the Eagles an early lead, but the resilient ‘Cats couldn’t be deterred.

Sophomore Matt Germain said the ‘Cats started out of the gate slowly.

“They weren’t a great team and we came out slow which put us in a bad position,” Germain said.

Freshman Tom Lowndes leveled the match at 1-1 going into the halftime break when he buried a set piece for Baker.

In the second half, Lowndes added another goal, junior Jon Baldwin also found the net, and senior Travis Moore put the final dagger in the match when he netted a goal of his own and gave the ‘Cats a 4-1 victory.

Despite opening the match slowly, Germain said the team found a way to grind out a win.

“We finally found a way to score and come out with a victory and winning is all that matters for us right now,” Germain said.

The ‘Cats hosted the Eagles of Avila University on Oct. 10 and put on a clinic of goal scoring for the home crowd. Senior Josh McDaniels and Germain both netted hat tricks for the ‘Cats with three goals a piece, while sophomore Kome Okiomah, junior Jon Baldwin, and freshman Spencer Petty each found the net once. The ‘Cats two other goals came from own goals credited to Lowndes.

The ‘Cats took the match in lopsided fashion, 11-1.

On Oct. 6, Baker faced Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis, Mo. The Wildcats won a close non-conference match 2-1.

The No. 16 ‘Cats will look to stay atop the Heart of America Athletic Conference standings when they take on heated rival Benedictine College at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 under the lights of Liston Stadium.