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Cougars Wrap Up Preseason Play with Northwestern

Cougars Wrap Up Preseason Play with Northwestern

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIUE men's soccer capped off its preseason Friday playing Big Ten opponent Northwestern to a 1-1 tie at Korte Stadium.

"Our main group of guys did a great job of executing what we've been working on defensively and in the attack," SIUE Head Coach Mario Sanchez said. "Overall the ball movement, we got it going and created some really good chances."

Greg Solowa opened the scoring, putting SIUE ahead 1-0 with a goal in the 28th minute. Solowa picked off an errant pass from Northwestern goalkeeper Robbie White then buried the shot to put the Cougars in front.

Northwestern's goal came in the second half when Matt Moderwell made a run in from the left and slid it under SIUE goalkeeper Kyle Dal Santo.

The team's opted for a penalty kick shootout following the 1-1 tie.

"We decided that before the game," Sanchez said. "For one thing it's fun and we can't lose sight of that. And it's good to see how kids react for both coaches.

Solowa, Keengan McHugh, Devyn Jambga and Johan DePicker all converted on penalty kicks for the Cougars. The Wildcats edged SIUE 5-4 in the final tally.

The contest played out in front of a crowd of more than 1,000 including the entire SIUE class of 2021, marking one of the first college experiences for the new freshman class.

"It was awesome," Sanchez added. "We can't thank the school enough, the administration and the students for coming out. As players it's fun to play in front of big crowds.

The Cougars will open the regular season Friday when Michigan State comes to Korte Stadium for a 7 p.m. match.

"Next weekend we're bringing in another Big Ten team and ACC team and we're hoping for two big turn-outs on Friday and Sunday night.