Geneseo soccer rebounds with shutout, 6-0

Amy Boldt
Michael Miller chases down the ball during Geneseo’s non-conference bout with Moline on Sept. 25.

After falling in conference action to IVC, Geneseo soccer bounced back to nab a big NCIC win over Ottawa. The Leafs were also victorious in non-conference play over Moline this past week.

Geneseo vs. Ottawa

The Leafs had a big second half in their contest Sept. 30 and closed out the month with a 6-0 win over Ottawa on the road.

“We finally found our groove,” said head coach Ian Kline. “We came out pretty hard and put the pressure on.”

Dalton Boelens punched through the first goal of the game on the assist from Tyler Morton in the 19-minute mark. Geneseo led the game 1-0 at the half.

In the second half, Devan DePauw knocked in an unassisted goal at 43:00, followed by a Michael Miller unassisted goal at 51:00 for the 3-0 advantage.

Geneseo continued its scoring drive in the second half with a Hunter McVietty goal on the assist from Collin Pullman at 66:00. Pullman followed his assist up with a goal of his own on the assist from Colton Boyles at 74:00. Macauley Carroll gave Geneseo its final goal of the game on the assist from Pullman at 78:00.

“In the second half, we really started to play well and basically took over,” said Kline. “We are able to get everyone off the bench and in, which was good. And we had players step up and play very well. It was nice to get them experience and playing time.”

The Leafs finished the contest with 16 shots on goal and Jacob Arnold made seven saves in the net. Ottawa took seven shots on goal and made 10 goalie saves.

Geneseo vs. IVC

In conference action on Sept. 29, the Leafs were shutout on their home turf, 3-0 by IVC.

“It was a tough game and another one of those games that they didn’t come to play,” said Kline. “Our pace was not up to par and IVC was ready to go.”

IVC scored twice in the first half and once in the second. IVC’s goals in the first half came from Chris Olivera,  unassisted and the second on an own goal. IVC led the match, 2-0 at the half.

After the half, IVC’s Alex Olivera punched through what would be the team’s final goal of the night on the assist from Chris Olivera.

Geneseo finished the game with six shots on goal and eight saves in the net. IVC took 11 shots on goal and made six saves.

Geneseo vs. Moline

It took until the final five minutes to get a goal on the board in the Sept. 25 showdown between Geneseo and Moline in Geneseo. That goal ended up being the only goal of the night and the Leafs emerged with the 1-0 victory.

“We played from the first whistle to the end,” said Kline. “We played very well and they really wanted it.”

Neither squad was able to get on the board in the first half and the contest entered the half in a 0-0 score.

In the second half, both squads battled on both ends of the field to knock through a goal, but it took until the 75:39-mark to get that score. Geneseo’s Pullman punched through the unassisted goal for the win.

Moline finished the night with 12 shots on goal and three goalie saves, while Geneseo took six shots on goal and had eight saves in the net.

Geneseo (4-6-2 overall and 3-2) in the NCIC) will next compete in the Rock Island Invite today at 4 p.m. and Oct. 4 at 9 a.m.