|Kansas Christian College||1||0||1|
|Williams Baptist College (1-1)||0||3||3|
|Walnut Ridge, Ark.,|
|1||32:27||J Franco (Kansas Christian College)|
|2||60:31||Danilo Cruz (Williams Baptist College)|
|2||65:20||Danilo Cruz (Williams Baptist College)|
|2||69:29||Danilo Cruz (Williams Baptist College)|
|Kansas Christian College||Indv. Leaders||Williams Baptist College|
|#16 J Franco - 1||Goals||#10 Danilo Cruz - 3|
|2 Players (#5,#7) - 1||Assists||3 Players - 1|
|2 Players (#10,#16) - 2||Shots||#10 Danilo Cruz - 9|
|#12 M Souza - 8||Saves||#00 Alexander Lafoon - 1|
|Kansas Christian College||Team Statistics||Williams Baptist College|
|4 (2)||Shots (on goal)||25 (11)|
Date: September 4, 2017
Score: Williams Baptist College 3 vs. Kansas Christian College 1
Records: WBC (1-1) vs. KCC (0-1)
Location: Walnut Ridge, Ark. - Eagle Soccer Field
The Eagles from Williams Baptist College played in their first home game of the season on Labor Day (Sept. 4, 2017). After conceding a first half goal, WBC fought back with three unanswered goals, all scored by senior Danilo Cruz (SR/Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). All three goals came in a 10 minute spell, half way through the second half of the match. When the final whistle blew, Williams had won 3-1 over the Falcons.
"We did not start well, but we picked up the pace in the second half and we were able to get a good win. This will help us get our confidence back. I am proud of the boys," said Head Coach Gabriel Sitibaldi.
Despite outshooting KCC 11-to-2 in the first half, the Eagles fell behind in the 32nd minute when the Falcons got a throw in close to WBC's goal. The throw-in was headed down to a KCC player, who hit a rocket into the top right hand corner, past Eagle Alexander Laffoon (SO/Paragould, Ark. )'s dive.
Williams dominated much of the second half, outshooting its opponent 14-to-2. The breakthrough came in the 60th minute, when Danilo Cruz stepped up to take a penalty kick. The penalty was saved, but Cruz reacted quickly, pouncing on the loose ball and slotting it home for the team's first goal of the season.
Five minutes later, Cruz found himself one-on-one with the goalkeeper after a delicate pass by Gabriel Xavier (FR/Sao Paulo, Brazil). Cruz slotted the ball past the keeper and gave the Eagles the lead for good.
Four minutes later, Sebastian Machado (SO/Buenos Aires, Argentina) and Henrique Torres (FR/Brasilia, Brazil) set up Cruz for an opportunity to complete his hat trick. He made no mistake, dispatching the ball into the back of the net before being embraced by his teammates.
Cruz now has seven goals in his career (15 games) for WBC.
The Eagles were on the offensive foot the whole game. They finished with 25 shots, compared to just four for their opponent. Eleven of those shots were on target, compared to two for KCC.
Williams also had eight corner kicks in the game, compared to one for the Falcons.
Alexander Laffoon played the full 90 minutes in goal for WBC, coming up with one save.