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Pioneers win fourth-straight against Cavs

Source: Wayland Baptist Athletics Source: Wayland Baptist Athletics

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SHAWNEE, Okla.— "The Streak" continued as the Wayland Baptist men's soccer team defeated St. Gregory's, 4-0, in Sooner Athletic Conference play Tuesday afternoon at Victor Roberts Field.

Wayland (7-3-1, 3-0 SAC) is still undefeated in the conference and recorded its fourth consecutive shutout.

Coach Cristhian Ospina believes defense is a major factor in the team's success, especially at the forward positions played by Ezequiel Amestoy and Matthew Lowndes.

"It all starts with the forwards," Ospina said. "If everyone is defending then it will be hard for teams to beat us. We have to keep the other team from scoring and we must keep scoring."

The Pioneers' stifling defense and aggressive offense was once again the story against the Cavaliers (4-6, 0-3). SGU was held scoreless and WBU was able to hold the Cavaliers to a single shot in the first half. Meanwhile, WBU recorded 13, seven of which were taken by senior Taval Whittaker.

Whittaker, who missed an early penalty kick, clocked in the first goal of the game in the 11th minute of action. It was his fifth of the season and he was assisted by fellow senior Amestoy.

Near the end of the half, sophomore and leading scorer on the team, Guillermo Deal, made his presence felt with a strike in the 39th minute. That goal, assisted by Lowndes, upped Deal's total to six on the season.

In the second half, it was the same book, different chapter.

Emmanuel Emmas tacked on his fifth goal of the season in the 58th minute, with Lowndes picking up his second assist of the game.

"He had a great game," Ospina said of Lowndes.

Lastly, Raheem Fleming added to the tally with a goal in the 83rd minute. It was Fleming's first goal of the season, and Whittaker picked up the assist.

St. Gregory's finished with only three shots, one on goal, and two came from Cavaliers freshman Gabriel Martinez. The Pioneers totaled 28 shots, 16 on goal.

"It was an overall team effort," Ospina said. "The most important thing is that we play together and play for each other."

The Pioneers will return home for their next match at 3 p.m. Saturday at Hilliard Field against the University of Science and Arts (Okla.). The Drovers (5-5, 1-1) take on Bacone College at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

 "This will be the biggest game of the season so far," Ospina said. "They always have really good teams, so we have to bring out our ‘A' game."

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