HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defenders men's soccer team secured a 3-1 victory over Avila University to begin their 2018 season.
The Defenders gave up a goal in 12th minute, but senior Jose Benitez answered three minutes later off an assist from sophomore Gideon De Graaf. Both teams went scoreless for the rest of the first half.
Sophomore Garrett Goodson broke the deadlock in the second half with a goal in the 71st minute.
Freshmen Jebadiah Merkle scored the first goal of his career in the 80th minute off an assist from Goodson.
Sophomore goalkeeper Seth Lewison had two saves and gave up one goal in the victory.
Dordt out shot Avila 17-9 overall and 9-3 in shots on goal.
COACH ELGERSMA SAID
"We really strung passes together in combination, which gave us several good opportunities. Our depth really came into play in the second half. Working together was a big key for us tonight."
Dordt will face Ottawa (KS) on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. to finish up the Kansas City road trip.