The Chargers (1-1-0) weathered a physical Delta (0-1-0) side on Friday and received second half goals through freshmen Nic Gunyon and Manny Awuku.
Gunyon opened scoring in the 57th minute off a cross from Kevin Vilcas and Awuku put the match away just 66 seconds later after finishing JaCoby Smith’s through ball.
The Chargers were unlucky not to add to their total as keeper Josh McIntosh came up with 14 saves – several in one-on-one situations.
Ancilla freshman goalkeeper Pedro Hernandez opened up his career with a shutout, collecting four saves in the victory.
The win continued Ancilla’s recent mastery of Delta, as the Chargers have now won five straight matches in the series dating back to 2009.
“It wasn’t a pretty match, but one thing we were excited about was getting the shutout,” said Ancilla soccer coach James Drzewiecki. “I thought the backs played very well and Pedro did a nice job in his first match between the pipes. We just needed to be a bit cleaner in our finishing.”
On Saturday, Muskegon (1-0-0) opened up their inaugural season with an inspired 4-3 win over the Chargers.
Muskegon’s Nate Schmitt opened his career with a hat trick to pace the Jayhawks, scoring in the 4th, 13th, and 72nd minutes. Fredi Lopez added the eventual winner in the 87th to seal the victory.
Ancilla received goals from Awuku, Smith, and Carlos Ramirez, while Mikey Solares and Michael Peake each recorded assists.
Chargers sophomore keeper Alex “Bucky” Howe collected six saves in the loss.
“We were all very disappointed with the performance,” said Drzewiecki. “I really felt we got away from our game plan and style of play, and we paid the price for it. The goals were there, but the organization wasn’t. Muskegon has a nice squad and they punished us appropriately for our mistakes.”
Ancilla returns to action on Saturday when they host NJCAA Region 12 rival Owens Community College. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. EDT.