Regents Men's Soccer Returns to Greeley with Win
Friday, September 12, 2008
Posted by: Regents Sports Information
ROCKFORD, IL – This was a long time coming. For the last several years, the Rockford College men’s soccer team has failed to complete a soccer season, their last home game coming on September 3, 2006. The Regents left their home field that day with the unsavory taste of a 10-0 defeat at the hands of Carleton College. The feeling after Friday’s game was decidedly different.
For the first time in four years and one day, the Rockford College men’s soccer team left the pitch with a feeling of victory. The Regents began the 2008 campaign with a roster of 16 young men looking to re-establish the Regents soccer tradition. In their first two matches of the season, Rockford had won moral victories, but failed to notch a goal in defeats at Beloit College and the University of Dubuque.
The entire Rockford College community was excited for the return of the Regents men’s soccer team to the familiar confines of Sam Greeley Field. Fans endured the clouds and rain to bear witness to Rockford’s 2-1 win over the Maranatha Baptist Bible College Crusaders.
The Crusaders opened the scoring in the 16th minute, but the Regents hung tough. Neither team was able to establish dominance, instead the game remained fluid, with both clubs trying to gain control. In the 34th minute, junior forward Tanner Taylor (Rockford, IL/ Christian Life) played a cross to streaking freshman Robert Moses Decker (Skokie, IL/ Niles North), who quickly shot the ball past the Crusaders goalie. The Regents went into halftime with the game tied at 1. The second half was much like the first, both teams trying to gain control of the game in the wet, slippery conditions.
In the 80th minute, Taylor left another mark on the game. The Regents junior captain lofted a 35 yard shot, just out of the reach of Maranatha’s keeper, giving the Regents a lead they would not relinquish. Rockford freshman Jason Taylor (Ozark, MO/ Ozark) made eight saves in notching his first collegiate victory.
The Regents will take a few days off before returning to the pitch on Saturday, September 20 when they travel to Fond du Lac, WI to face Marian University.