The first official week of intercollegiate soccer saw a number of 2018 Kaw Valley FC Cranes put in strong performances for their college squads. In all, 24 KVFC alums laced them up after a successful summer with the Blues. Check out a few of the standout performances from the week of August 19th.
Adrian Gutierrez and Santiago Sierra
Central Methodist University (NAIA)
Three Matches, 2-0-1 Record
The Central Methodist Eagles began the 2018 season ranked 18th in the first national NAIA poll. The squad from Fayette did little in their first three matches to make anyone question that lofty status. In the season opener, the Eagles traveled to William Woods University, a squad receiving votes in the national poll, and came away with a hard fought 1-0 road victory. They followed that up with a road draw against Bethel College on August 24th before ending the road trip with a 3-1 victory over Goshen College a day later. In the victory over Goshen, ’18 alums Santiago Sierra and Adrian Gutierrez both scored for the Eagles – Sierra with a 16th minute header and Gutierrez with a half volley finish in the 35th minute.
University of the Pacific (NCAA DI)
2-1 OT Victory on August 24th
Pacific entered the 2018 season receiving votes in the first NCAA national poll. The Tigers made their case to enter the top-25 with a dramatic 2-1 overtime win in their season opener against UAB. After redshirting his first year on campus, ’18 alum Ethan Bandre recorded five saves in his first collegiate start. “It was good to open the season on a positive note while also giving our younger starters some experience at the Division 1 level,” Bandre told KVFC. “Being able to tie and win at such late stages in the game showed the great resilience and passion this team possesses.”
Ethan Bandre against WSA Winnipeg (photo by Andrew Rosenthal)
Ottawa University (NAIA)
3-2 Victory on August 25th
The Braves of Ottawa University began their season with a Saturday clash against the Dordt College Defenders. ’18 alums Anthony Galeana and Cain Scott both started the match for the KCAC members, and Scott made his mark in the 87th minute with an assist on the match-winning goal. The sophomore from Lawrence played all but five minutes to help the Braves start the season with a hard fought win.
Furman University (NCAA)
Furman features three '18 alums in Jack Freeman, Cole McLagan, and Emery May. The Paladins opened their season at the Wolstein Classic in Columbus, Ohio. After earning a win against the host Buckeyes, Furman dropped a tough 1-0 decision to Dayton. Emery May started both matches and registered an assist in the win over Ohio State. Jack Freeman and Cole McLagan also saw time off the bench in both matches for the Southern Conference members from Greenville, South Carolina.
Emery May against Chicago FC United (photo by Andrew Rosenthal)