First Half Pushes Men’s Soccer Past Beloit

The Illinois Tech men’s soccer team could not have started its season any better on Friday night. Facing the Beloit College Buccaneers, the Scarlet Hawks scored five first-half goals en route to a 7-0 win at Stuart Field.

How it Happened

  • In the fourth minute, Matthew Beasley‘s first shot of his collegiate career was one to remember. The freshman fired a shot from about 20 yards out and to the left, rattling it off the post and into the net to put Illinois Tech up 1-0.
  • The 19th minute was memorable as well, with Illinois Tech scoring twice. Noah Kwortnik scored on a Conner Shaw assist before Michael Kaczowka scored 28 seconds later.
  • Kaczowka was not done, as the freshman scored again off of a Shaw assist in the 32nd minute to put Illinois Tech up 4-0.
  • Illinois Tech made it five to close out the half, with Justin Knust making a great feed to Manuel Lopez from a few feet out.
  • Once again, Kaczowka made his presence felt. Scoring off a goalie deflection, the freshman tallied a goal in the 63rd minute to complete a hat trick in his collegiate debut.
  • The scoring was capped off by Zach Whritenour, as the senior captain knocked in a penalty kick in the 68th minute.

Scarlet Hawk Standouts

  • To say Kaczowka had a nice collegiate debut would be a grand understatement. The freshman scored three times on three shots.
  • Beasley (four shots, three on net), Kwortnik (two shots), Whritenour, and Lopez added the rest of the goals.
  • Shaw (two) and Justin Knust (one) provided Illinois Tech’s assists.
  • Alex Kern recorded a 90-minute shutout and six saves.

Stats to Know

  • Illinois Tech was ultra-efficient with its chances. The Scarlet Hawks converted 7-of-11 shots on goal, including the team’s first three of the match.
  • Overall, Illinois Tech outshot Beloit 24-9.

Up Next

  • The Scarlet Hawks are back home on Saturday, September 7 when the team hosts UW-Whitewater for a 7 p.m. contest. Live audio, video, and stats will be available. The live audio will be powered by Illinois Media School.