The Purdue University Northwest men’s soccer team earned their first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference victory Sunday afternoon, defeating Ashland University 2-0.
The Pride (3-4-1, 1-3 GLIAC) were even with the Eagles (1-5-1, 0-3 GLIAC) after the first half despite a 7-0 shot on goal differential in favor of the Black and Gold.
PNW kept up its pressure to open the second half, scoring the first goal of the match in the 49th minute after Isaiah Nieves (Lyons Township, Ill./Lyons Township) found Enrique Serna (Majadahonda, Spain/Colegio San Jamie) in front of the net to put the Pride ahead, 1-0.
The Black and Gold would tack on another goal midway through the second half, thanks to Jaime Garcia (Elkhart, Ind./Elkhart Memorial) who connected on a pass from Matt Bahena (Alsip, Ill./Eisenhower) to extend their lead to 2-0.
PNW would finish strong, stopping any potential scoring efforts late in the match by the Eagles to pick up the 2-0 victory.
Freshman goalkeeper Raul Garrido Garcia (Madrid, Spain/Menesiano) earned the clean sheet in goal recording a pair of saves in all 90 minutes of play.
The Pride outshot the Eagles 21-8 (11-2 on goal) en route to their first GLIAC victory of the season.
PNW returns to action Friday, Sep. 28, when they travel to Kenosha, Wis. for a GLIAC contest with Wisconsin Parkside at noon (CST).