Cards Win Fourth Straight, Thiaw Scores Fifth Goal of Season
St. Louis, MO.- On Tuesday, the men's soccer team traveled to St. Louis to face the Billikens, a program notorious for having Coach Lolla's teams' number. Coming off of three straight shutouts including Friday's victory over top ranked Notre Dame, the Cards came into the Gateway to the West with a little bit of swagger and a lot of pep in their step.
The Cards controlled the match throughout, setting an early tone with a 7-2 shot advantage in the first half.
Junior Mohamed Thiaw continued his impressive run of form, slotting his third goal in four matches (five total), and netting the Cards a 1-0 lead that proved to be enough.
Grad transfer Stefan Cleveland was a brick wall in net, making four saves, the most of his Cardinal career, preserving his sixth shutout in eight games.
The Cards, ranked 13th nationally, just keep getting better. Only conceding two goals all season, the 6-1-1 Cardinals are anchored by Cleveland, but the bus parked in front of net of Michael Degraffenreidt, Joey Kunkel, Cody Cochran, and Tim Kubel have been the unsung heroes and continue to impress. They aren't flashy, but they get the job done and done well for their keeper, who has no problems cleaning up the scraps of their work a few times a game.
If this run of form continues for the five at the back and for Thiaw, the Cards have the pieces and the poise to win a national championship.
The Cards are next in action on Saturday at 7:00 p.m., hosting the 16th ranked Virginia Cavaliers at Lynn Stadium.