Ecclesia College officially opened the Men's Soccer 2020 Fall season against the visiting NCCAA Arlington Baptist University Patriots on Friday night. It was a perfect overcast afternoon at 75 degrees for the first match of the year. A beautiful setting for athletics to bring a sense of normalcy back to the college after a crazy and stressful summer. You could tell that the school has been waiting for this as various members of staff and faculty sat in attendance alongside representatives from every other team on campus. Royals nation showed up strong in the stands and on the pitch.
It did not take long for the Royals to give the crowd something to cheer about as Freshman striker Manny Tellez netted the first goal of the season, and his first career goal just 12 minutes into the match. This goal would only be the beginning of a dominant game for the Royals as a young nucleus for the Royals showed some real offensive polish. Joining him with a first half goal was fellow Freshman Oved Lopez who put a shot into the back of the net at the 33-minute mark. Oved's first career goal was definitely one you should have been there to see, and that can be attested to by the applause it garnered from the stands. Arlington managed to score a goal midway through the first half to keep a relatively tight game at 2-1 headed into halftime. The goal scored on Ecclesia's keeper Eduardo De La Torre would be the only goal given up on eight shots on goal. Junior De La Torre ended the game with seven saves to help Ecclesia defend home field.
The second half carried on in much the same way as the first. Ecclesia managed to score two more goals to kill the game. The first second half goal was netted by another Freshman, Landen Fulfer. This 56th minute goal was another spectacle for the Royals that really brought the crowd to their feet. Fulfer's goal was one of 12 shots on goal for the Royals giving them a high 33% of shots scored. The final goal of the night was shot by Sophomore Jorge Zamarron (pictured) in the closing minutes of the match. Jorge of course celebrated with what appears to be a good, old fashioned belly flop bringing both cheers and smiles from the crowd. Zamarron had a great game including three shots all on goal, one goal, and one assist in a dominant 4-1 victory for the Royals.
Coach Moreno told us that he credits this win to the heart and conditioning of his team, and that he is looking forward to getting back to work in preparation for the next game.
We look forward to seeing the Royals compete again at Sugar Creek Stadium in Bella Vista, AR on Tuesday September 15, at 6PM. Follow along for our live twitter updates @Ecclesia_Royals