Dowagiac soccer team outlasts Berrien Springs 9-5Published 9:10pm Wednesday, September 2, 2009
By SCOTT NOVAK
Dowagiac Daily News
Dowagiac soccer coach looked at the scoreboard during the closing minutes of Wednesday night’s match against Berrien Springs and couldn’t believe his eyes.
“Are you kidding me? Fourteen goals! That’s the way it always is when we play these guys,” Williams said.
Dowagiac scored its first win of the season as it defeated Berrien Springs 9-5 in a non-conference match.
The Chieftains led 3-2 at halftime and then outscored the Shamrocks 6-3 in the final 40 minutes of play.
Adrian Martinez scored back-to-back goals in the second and 14th minutes of the first half to stake the Chieftains to a 2-0 lead.
Berrien Springs cut that lead in half on a goal by Enoch Tsibu-Beckson in the 19th minute on a penalty kick.
Dowagiac reclaimed a two-goal advantage in the 37th minute when Hazen McMeeken scored on a penalty kick after being shoved down in the box by the Shamrocks’ goalkeeper.
Dowagiac opened up the second half with a trio of goals to extend its advantage to 5-2.
Kasey Proshwitz scored back-to-back goals in the 47th and 51st minutes before McMeeken picked up his second goal of the match in the 61st minute.
Despite a three-goal deficit, the Shamrocks never gave up.
Tsibu-Beckson made it a 5-3 match with a goal in the 63rd minute.
Proshwitz followed two minutes later as he picked up the hat trick with a goal in the 65th minute.
Before the Chieftain fans were done celebrating that goal, Berrien Springs struck again as Isaac Oduroh found the back of the net to make it a 7-4 contest.
Americo Martinez gave Dowagiac a four-goal lead once again in the 76th minute only to have Berrien Springs’ Oluwaseunt Idowu scored seconds later.
The final goal of the match came in the 78th minute off the foot of Andrew Cripe.
Dowagiac outshot Berrien Springs 38-10. Jason Turner had eight saves.
Besides his two goals, Adrian Martinez had an assists, while Joey Pasternak had a pair of assists. Juan Meza, Alvaro Scherer and Americo Martinez also had assists.
“It was kick ball and not a lot of soccer compared to what it has been the last week,” Williams said. “Again, a lack of subs and injuries hurt us again. Offensively we moved well. The first half we didn’t cover our marks at all, front to back. Second have we did a much better job of doing that and stepping to the ball.
“Berrien Springs definitely won more balls than we did in the first half and that’s why the score was a close as it was. We addressed that at halftime and they did better. But we still have a long way to go and we have a week until our next game, so hopefully people will be feeling better and some of our injuries aren’t there and we can get everyone back on the field.”
Dowagiac 3, Berrien Springs 2
D – Adrian Martinez 2nd minute (Joey Pasternak assist)
D – Martinez 14th minute (Juan Meza assist)
BS – Enoch Tsibu-Beckson 19th minute (penalty kick)
D – Hazen McMeeken 37th minute (penalty kick)
D – Kasey Proshwitz 47th minute (Pasternak assist)
D – Proshwitz 51st minute
D – McMeeken 61st minute
BS – Tsibu-Beckson 63th minute
D – Proshwitz 65th minute
BS – Isaac Oduroh 65th minute
D – Americo Martinez 76th minute (Adrian Martinez assist)
BS – Oluwaseunt Idowu 76th minute
D – Andrew Cripe 78th minute (Americo Martinez assist)
Shots on goal
Berrien Springs – 14
Dowagiac – 38
Berrien Springs – 10 (David Walter)
Dowagiac – 8 (Jason Turner)