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Gonzalez Scores Twice to Lead Cougars Past Panthers

Jorge Gonzalez, Mohamed Awad
Jorge Gonzalez, Mohamed Awad

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – Jorge Gonzalez provided the offense Tuesday night, collecting a double to lead SIUE men's soccer to a 2-0 win over Milwaukee at Korte Stadium.

The Cougars improved to 4-6 with the win, snapping a three-game losing streak in the process. Milwaukee fell to 5-5-2 with the loss.

"It was nice to get the shutout and score some goals, but I still think we have to get better," SIUE Head Coach Mario Sanchez said. "I know we have more to give as a team."

Gonzalez put the Cougars on the board in the 16th minute when he took away a pass near the top of the 18-yard box. He carried the ball into the box before scoring with a right-foot strike to the back post.

He collected his second goal of the game off the opening kickoff to start the second half. Mohamed Awad touched a pass to Gonzalez who went on a run into the box and this time Gonzalez struck from outside the box to give the Cougars the two-goal cushion.  

"He is really starting to find his stride," Sanchez said. "We see it every day in training, his confidence is growing and when he shoots he thinks it's going in."

Gonzalez took all three shots on goal for SIUE. Milwaukee outshot the Cougars 9-7 for the game. Reid Stevenson led the way with three shots for Milwaukee.

The Panthers put two shots on frame, both of which were turned away by SIUE goalkeeper Kyle Dal Santo.

Dal Santo earned his fourth shutout of the year. SIUE career leader in shutouts, Dal Santo has 24 for his career.

SIUE remains home to face Bowling Green Saturday night. It is the first-ever Mid-American Conference game for SIUE, which joined the league in June.

"It was nice to play again right after our last game," Sanchez added. "Now we have enough time to regroup and get fresh again and still learn and get better."

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