USUE Press Release
PRICE – Men’s soccer picked up wins against non-conference opponents Sheridan and Trinidad State over the weekend at home.
The Eagles shutout the Sheridan Generals 2-0 on Friday night to open their home schedule.
Both teams couldn’t find the net in the early goings until Jojea Kwizera found the back of the net in the 36′ minute unassisted.
The Eagles outshot Sheridan nine to one in the first half and goalie Israel Davila Aleman had no saves.
Sheridan and the Eagles picked up the intensity in the second half as things got more physical. There were nine total fouls in the second half with three yellow cards administered.
USU Eastern’s leading scorer Frank DeBry put the Generals away with his third goal of the season. DeBry scored the final goal of the game during the 55-minute mark with an assist from sophomore Guillermo Hernandez.
After the game, USU Eastern sophomore Mat Clark said that his team was successful against Sheridan because of their game plan to counter whatever Sheridan was showing.
“We played very well against Sheridan with possessing the ball and countering their style of play,” said Clark.
The next day, the Eagles defeated the Trinidad State Trojans 4-1.
USU Eastern got off to hot start on Saturday with two quick goals. Within the first four minutes of the game, DeBry added his second goal of the weekend. Five minutes later, Clark added a goal for USU Eastern with an assist from Kwizera.
Hernandez said that the depth of USU Eastern on offense is what really set them up for success in getting a big lead in the first half.
“Our team has so many players at different positions that can shoot the ball, so it makes it easier to get the lead early,” said Hernandez.
DeBry added another goal in the first half with an assist from Clark to go up 3-0 at halftime.
“He is a very smart, crafty player. He is dangerous when he gets the ball in close. He is very patient in front of the box and has the ability to find the back of the net, which is fantastic,” said USU Eastern head coach Ammon Bennett.
Halfway through the second half, Trinidad State added a goal off a penalty kick to cut the Eagles’ lead to 3-1. The goal was the first to be given up by the Eagles and Davila Aleman this season.
With 11 minutes left in the game, DeBry put in his third goal of the game to shut the door on the Trojans. DeBry added an assist in the final four minutes of the game when he helped Hernandez get a ball in the back of the net.
USU Eastern now has an overall record of 3-0 heading into next week’s conference home opener against the College of Southern Nevada.
“I thought the men played both well both days especially today against Trinidad in the first half. We are moving in the right direction,” said Bennett.
The Eagles will play CSN at 3 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday at the USU Eastern soccer field north of campus.