UNLV’s goalkeeper Richard Garness is the Western Athletic Conference “defensive player of the week.” Let me tell you how you become “defensive player of the week” if you are a goalkeeper: you get a shutout. That’s exactly what he did against us on Friday, making a career-high eight great saves for his team. The only goal of the match came after another defensive mistake in our back line following a long ball over the top. Although we outplayed UNLV for most of the game, creating several good scoring opportunities, we were not able to put the ball in the back of the net.
Sunday, however, was a completely different story. Scoring early in the first half after just 11 minutes, we were able to put the pressure on GCU. Rory’s seventh goal of the season would become his fourth game winner of the year, since GCU did not get on the scoreboard. The 1:0-lead at halftime turned into a tremendous 6:0 win when the final whistle rang. Jonathan Colunga made it 2:0 in the 49th on in indirect free kick inside the six-yard box. Rory added his second goal of the day on a breakaway in the 57th. Freshman Jonathan Partida came through with his first strike of the campaign in the 64th after a beautiful set-up by Alex. In the 74th, Zach doubled his number of goals on the season and made it 5:0, before Kyler headed in the final goal of the game after a corner kick in the 79th minute.
Sunday was also the last time Mark Rohan supported us from the sideline. Rohan, a professional hand cyclist and two-time Paralympic gold medalist, spent six weeks with us and helped with nutrition counseling and mental coaching. He has been accepted for a master’s degree program at Real Madrid C.F. and left for Spain today. Listen to the first part of his story in my previous post. The full story will go online soon, so make sure you come back to thegermandiabetic.com.
With a record of 2-1 in conference play, we are heading to Utah on Friday for a 6 p.m. (PT) kick-off against Utah Valley, before traveling to Seattle to play the Redhawks on Sunday at 3 p.m. (PT).