Serna's Game-Winner Lifts Warriors Over Scarlet Hawks

Photo Credit: Len Cederholm
Photo Credit: Len Cederholm

CHICAGO, Ill. (WLCSports.com) – The Wisconsin Lutheran College men's soccer team defeated the Illinois Tech Scarlet Hawks Saturday afternoon in NACC play after Juan Serna (Milwaukee, Wis.) delivered a game-winning goal in the 87th minute. Three different Warriors registered goals in the victory while Cedric Guichard (Plantation, Fla.) made a season-high 10 saves in net.

  • Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 3, Illinois Tech 2
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (4-6-0, 3-1-0 NACC), Illinois Tech (4-5-0, 0-4-0 NACC)
  • Location: Stuart Field, Chicago, Ill.

  • The Warriors struck first in the 19' when Kenneth Sutton (New Berlin, Wis.) put a shot on goal that was saved, but KJ McNealey Jr. (Milwaukee, Wis.) picked up the rebound and fired the ball into the back of the net, giving WLC the 1-0 advantage.
  • Jason Cano (Delavan, Wis.) scored his NACC-leading 11th goal of the season in the 27' after beating the Scarlet Hawk defense and finding the back of the net.
  • The hosts scored eight minutes after halftime as Luke Holzman brought IIT within one goal, then Peter Fouchet tied the contest at 2-2 in the 65' when he received a pass off of a corner kick from Quentin Dreillich and beat the keeper.
  • Illinois Tech threatened twice in just over a minute with a header and a shot from just outside the box, but Guichard stood strong in goal and kept the contest tied at 2-2.
  • Serna delivered the game-winner in the 87' when he took a pass from Yussef Sahraoui (South Miwaukee, Wis.) and scored, propelling the Warriors to the 3-2 triumph.

  • Cano and Serna led the way for WLC with three shots and two on goal, while both scoring a goal.
  • Sutton dished out two assists while Sahraoui added one.
  • Guichard made a season-high 10 saves in net, earning his third win of the season.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran picked up its first-ever win over IIT in the very brief all-time series.

  • Fouchet led IIT with five shots and one goal, while Dreilich and Christopher Reed provided assists.
  • Illinois Tech held a 25-13 advantage in the shots column while taking seven corner kicks compared to WLC taking just one.
  • Anastasios Manolis suffered the loss in net, making six saves in 90 minutes.

  • The Warriors continue NACC play Wednesday when they travel to Mequon to take on Concordia Wisconsin at 4:00 p.m. The Falcons (4-5-1, 1-2-1) fell to Aurora 1-0 Saturday afternoon. Live stats and video will be available for the contest at WLCSports.com.