RALEIGH, N.C. – Powered by three different Bears scoring in the first half, the Shaw University men's soccer team earned a 5-0 victory over Shenandoah University in their first ever home opener at the MAC Monday afternoon. The Bears improve to 1-1 on the season while the Hornets stand 0-1-1 on the year.
2018 marks just the second year of NCAA Division II play for the Bears soccer program. Today's contest marked the program's first ever home contest.
Shaw was led by senior Thilo Wilke (Karlstadt, Germany), senior Thiago Sooma (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and senior Eric Heute (Alcobendas, Madrid) who all scored goals. Wilke and Sooma would finish with two on the day while Huete, freshman Mortiz Lotzen (Hochberg, Germany), junior Carl Kennedy (Blackpool, England), freshman Paulo Filho (Curitiba, Brazil) and junior Eseah Ingram (Snyder, TX) all dished an assist apiece.
Defensively, freshman Theo Delaleu (Les Essartts Le Roi, France) played the full 90 minutes with four saves in the net to pick up his first collegiate win.
The Hornets had four different players record a shot and goalkeeper Sam Fischer took the loss.
The opening half saw a great offensive attack by the Bears as Wilke got Shaw its first point on the day at the 15:19 mark on a throw in to the left side of the goal post from Ingram. Sooma then followed at the 16:00 mark with a quick fire ball into the middle from Lotzen.
The Bears would end up scoring two more goals, including Huete's header at the 21:45 mark and then Wilke's second goal from the left side inside the left post to stretch the Bears lead 4-0 at halftime.
After nearly 40 minutes of scoreless action in the second half, Sooma drilled a cannon from the left line to put a stamp on the victory for Shaw in convincing style.
Shaw held a 20-8 edge in shots and 9-6 frame in corner kicks.
The Bears will return to action on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at King University. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.
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