ABERDEEN, S.D. – The Waldorf University men's soccer team scored early and often in its 8-1 win on Saturday afternoon against North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) conference foe Presentation College.
Waldorf (6-5-2 overall, 1-0 NSAA) is now 2-0-2 in its last four matches, and it hasn't given up more than a goal in any of those four games.
"A great way to start the conference up today with a big win," Waldorf head coach Edgar Gonzaga said. "The boys got right to work in the first five minutes with a goal from Conner and we kept it rolling."
Mario Juarez has been the starting goalkeeper in all four of those matches, with the junior transfer from Cleburne, Texas, helping lead the Warriors to their current four-match unbeaten streak.
The Warriors came out firing from the opening kick-off by scoring a goal less than five minutes into the match. Conner Schmidt gave the Warriors a 1-0 cushion by blasting the ball past Saints starting goalkeeper Brandt McCall.
In fact, Waldorf almost scored in the 2nd minute of the first half, but Rodrigo Freitas' shot went off the crossbar and out of play.
The Warriors scored four more times in the first half, and it didn't matter who the Saints (1-11, 0-1) put in net to try and slow down the Waldorf attack.
Once the score was 3-0 in favor of Waldorf, Presentation College head coach Terrance Kampa tried to give his team a spark by replacing McCall with Aaron Riccardi. It didn't make much of a difference though, as Jose Beltran and Ted Langat made it 4-0 and 5-0, respectfully, in the 34th and 36th minutes of the first half.
It looked like Juarez had a great chance to post his third shutout of the season, but Presentation's Mackenzie Burgoyne found a way to put his team on the board in the 40th minute.
The Warriors entered halftime with a 5-1 lead, but they decided to do anything but let up on their offensive attack.
After a quiet 16 minutes of game action in the second half, Freitas avenged his earlier shot that went off the crossbar and found the back of the net this time to make it to 6-1.
Freitas then got an assist on the next goal of the match when Jean Bonnin kicked it past Riccardi for a 7-1 lead.
Jacob Harris finished off the onslaught of goals with a shot past Riccardi in the 85th minute.
"Overall I'm happy with the win," Gonzaga said. "There are some minor things to clean up, but we will focus on the positive result. Now we will have a couple days to recover before we head to non-conference Cardinal Stritch on Wednesday."
Waldorf has now scored at least four goals on four different occasions this season, and the Warriors are 4-0 when they score at least four times.
Beltran led the Warriors with two goals on the afternoon, with Freitas recording a goal and an assist during the road match. Erik Soares was the other Warriors player to record a goal on Saturday.
Waldorf will look to continue its unbeaten streak when it goes up against Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wis. on Oct. 11.