The Ancilla College men’s soccer team survived a wild match on the road Sunday, emerging with a 4-3 victory over MCCAA and Region 12 rival Delta College.
With the victory, Ancilla (4-4-1, 4-4-1 Region 12) claimed a season sweep over The Pioneers (3-3-1, 3-3-1 Region 12) for the second straight year.
Unlike the 3-0 home victory Ancilla enjoyed on September 4, this encounter was anything predictable.
The Chargers got started early when striker Cody Koesters was taken down in the penalty area less than three minutes into the game. Midfielder Luis Delgado successfully converted the ensuing spot kick for a 1-0 lead, which would hold until halftime.
Shortly thereafter, the goals would begin to come fast and furious.
Just over a minute into the second half, Delta’s Edgar Sosa slipped in behind the Ancilla defense and finished point blank past Alex Howe to knot the score up at 1-1.
Koesters would answer a mere 80 seconds later for Ancilla, running onto a knock down by Remezan Abdullah and finding the back of the net for the fourth straight match and eighth time this season.
In the 60th minute, Ancilla added to their lead in a most unusual manner when Anthony Huard scored directly from the corner kick. It was Huard’s first goal of the season and gave the Chargers a seemingly comfortable 3-1 advantage.
Delta continued to scrap, however, and managed to pull even through goals by Marco Lezama and Edgar Sosa, scored in the 75th and 82nd minutes respectively.
The celebration on Delta’s part was very shortlived.
Ancilla pressed back immediately from the kickoff and Koesters once again drew a penalty – this one just 35 seconds after Sosa’s second goal. Delgado once again was perfect from the spot, giving Ancilla the lead for good.
Howe made 14 saves for Ancilla in the win.
After playing five matches in nine days, Ancilla will get to enjoy a bit of rest before their next match – a Saturday, September 25 encounter at Owens Community College in Toledo, OH. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
Ancilla College is a Catholic, two-year, co-educational, liberal arts college in Donaldson, Indiana sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.