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Regents Clipped by Cardinals

Cruz Marquez
Cruz Marquez

NAPERVILLE, Ill. - The Rockford University men's soccer team (1-2) lost a hard fought battle, 2-1, on Tuesday night to a very talented North Central College (2-1) Cardinals team. Tonight's match was the third of four straight road matches to open the season, with the first three taking place over just a five-day span. Additionally, North Central went a perfect 3-0 against the NACC last season, including victories over two of the top four teams and a win over the 2018 NACC Tournament Champions. However, Rockford played toe-to-toe with North Central all night long and led early on. After the Regents took a 1-0 lead in the opening 11 minutes, the Cardinals scored the final two goals of the match for a 2-1 victory.

  • The Regents struck first in the 11th minute to take an early 1-0 lead. Rockford peppered the net with back-to-back shots on goal in under five seconds, with Cruz Marquez beating the North Central keeper to put the Regents out in front 1-0. 
  • North Central would tie the match just over four minutes later, when Pablo Bustamante found the back of the net to knot the match at 1-1. 
  • The two schools combined for just two shots on goal for the remainder of the half, as the match entered the intermission tied at 1-1. 
  • North Central would jump in front 2-1 off an Alexis Flores goal in the 60th minute.
  • Unfortunately, the Regents were unable to tie the match over the final thirty minutes, as the Cardinals hung on for the 2-1 win.

The Rockford University men's soccer team returns to action on Friday, September 6 at Franklin College. The match has a scheduled start time of 6:30 PM.