The Northwestern men’s soccer team prevailed with a 7-1 win over visiting Mount Marty on Tuesday, Oct. 7. NW now stands at a 9-3-1 record with five conference games remaining.
In a display of offensive fireworks, four different Raiders scored a goal, and two scored two each. Junior forward Koray Karakas quickly got NW on the board off of a penalty kick in the third minute of the contest. Moments later, sophomore midfielder Wesley Lockwood continued the Raider offensive attack.
“We never took our foot off of the gas pedal,” junior defender Nate Huyser said. “Guys were flying around, and we got a couple of quick goals early. We kept on striving to get another goal.”
In the 30th minute, junior forward Ryan Johnson scored off of an assist by sophomore forward Kade Heikens. Senior midfielder Gabriel Goncalves scored off a Karakas assist in the 47th minute. Johnson scored his second goal of the night off of an assist by junior forward Tukker Bogaard. In the 81st and 87th meeting, junior defender Nate Huyser scored back-to-back goals to complete the NW scoring barrage.
“We hadn’t scored off of a corner kick all year,” Huyser said. “So we knew we were due to get some. I got a pair of great corners by Issac Wong and was fortunate enough to put them away.”
Johnson led the Raiders with six shots and two goals. Karakas notched four shots, a goal and an assist. Goncalves had three shots in the contest.
The Raiders head to Mitchell, SD tonight for a conference matchup with Dakota Wesleyan. The game begins at 8:15 p.m.