Men's soccer team wins first game

By Treyor Linnane, Student Reporter

On Sept. 2, the Knights of Central Penn College took a trip to the home field of the Patrick Henry Sentinels in Purcellville, Virginia. The teams went to head to head at noon on a rainy and dreary day.

Within the first 10 minutes of the game, after a few precise passes the ball ended up the feet of Boris Nde and he scored a goal, assisted by Kyle Stauffer, to put the Knights up by a goal to none.

A few minutes later the Knights gave up a foul in the box which gave the Sentinels a penalty kick (PK). The keeper, Sekwon White, got a hand on the ball, but not enough to keep it out of the back of the net. He would be back in that same situation nine minutes later when he was up against another PK, which also found the back of the net.

The Knights picked their heads up and dug deep and finally after stringing a few good passes together were able to put another goal up on the board. Forward Zack Morrill received the ball from sweeper Landon Cook and was able to chip it over the Patrick Henry goal keeper. The ball was a slow roller through the slick grass finally finding its way into the goal ending the half tied at 2.

After a tough and motivational speech at halftime, the Knights came out determined to win this game. The opportunity came 15 minutes into the second half when Stauffer received a ball within yards of the goal and scored the Knights' third goal, assisted by Nde.

With twenty minutes left in the game, defender Joel Zola received the ball within feet of the goal and poked the ball into the net for the Knights' fourth goal of the game assisted by Stauffer for his second assist of the game. The game ended with a lot of tension from both sides, but in the end the Knights came away with the win.

When asked how he felt the first game of the season went, the Knights captain Mark Swope, said "First half was rough. We spoke at halftime and settled in. Second half we were a completey different team. We were better organized and converted our chances. The new guys were phenomenal. They were not timid and 100% contributed to the win."

The Knights go into their next game on Sept. 6 against Penn State Mont Alto with their heads held high.