DES MOINES – Ashford came away with three wins in four tries on the soccer pitch over the weekend.
The 15th-ranked Ashford men’s team concluded a weekend sweep Sunday when the Saints beat AIB College of Business 3-1 for its fourth consecutive victory. Saturday trhe Saints took 27 shots and scored nine goals as they blasted Avila (Mo.) 9-0, also at the James W. Cownie Soccer Park in Des Moines.
The Ashford women suffered their first loss Saturday, 1-0 against Avila, but the Saints bounced back Sunday and beat AIB 4-0.
Offense carries Ashford men
After a scoreless first half Sunday, the Ashford men allowed their lone goal of the weekend right after the second-half whistle. But from that point the match belonged to the road squad, as the Saints banged home three goals during the remaining 41 minutes of the contest to improve to 4-1 overall this season.
AIB’s Rodrigo Espriu tallied the Eagles lone score in the 49th minute to give AIB (3-3) a 1-0 lead.
However, the Saints silenced any hope of an upset bid from the Eagles as newcomer Murilo Ceruli netted a 50th-minute unassisted score, his first of the season to pull AU back even.
Lucas Almeida then struck just 35 seconds later, from the penalty spot, to notch his fifth goal of the 2013 campaign, and his first game-winning goal of the season.
The Saints got some insurance late when Daniel Dreier continued his torrid stretch of finding the net with a 87th minute score, his sixth of the season, to finalize Ashford’s 3-1 victory. Almeida assisted AU’s final goal, his second of the season.
Ashford outshot the Eagles by a 20-19 margin that included a 9-7 edge in shots on goal. The road team also earned five corner kicks. Senior netminder Patrick Kinsella turned away six AIB shots.
Dreier tallied a hat trick in the win against Avila, while Javier Ramirez added a pair of scores.