Regents Sink Bucs for First Win of the Season

Brandon Oeltjenbruns
Brandon Oeltjenbruns

BELOIT, Wis. - The RU men's soccer team picked up its first win of the season on Wednesday with a 2-1 victory over the Beloit College Buccaneers. Rockford was in control basically the entire match dominating nearly every statistical category. The Regents held a 20-10 advantage in shots including a 10-3 edge in shots on goal. 

It took Rockford just 8 minutes and 9 seconds to break the scoreless tie and grab a quick 1-0 lead. Freshman Alonzo Carrillo (Harvard, Ill.) launched a shot over the top of the defense and past the goalkeeper for his first collegiate goal. The score would remain 1-0 entering the half as the RU defense kept the Beloit offense in check and did not allow the Bucs to record a shot on goal in the opening 45 minutes. 

The second half got off to a fast start as their were a flurry of goals in the first fifteen minutes. Rockford took a 2-0 lead in the 54th minute when junior Brandon Oeltjenbruns (Arvada, Colo.) scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal off an assist from Cruz Marquez (Arvada, Colo.). However the 2-0 lead did not last long, as Beloit answered back with a goal of its own exactly 5 minutes later to cut the RU advantage down to a single goal at 2-1. Fortunately the Rockford defense stifled the Beloit offense for the remainder of the match to secure a 2-1 win.

Alonzo Carrillo, Brandon Oeltjenbruns and Cruz Marquez led the RU attack with each recording a pair of shots on goal. Carrillo and Oeltjenbruns each scored their first goal of the season, while Marquez tallied his first assist of the year.

Goalkeeper Anthony Beck (Fishers, Ind.) played all ninety minutes and made a pair of saves to earn his first win of the season. Beck has been solid in goal all year long for the Regents making 22 saves and allowing on average just 1.77 goals per match. 

The RU men's soccer team is set to play its second match in its four-match road trip on Saturday, September 16 at Iowa Wesleyan. Kickoff is scheduled for noon.