COLUMBIA — The Columbia College men's soccer team picked apart shorthanded and overmatched Benedictine-Springfield Bulldogs on Wednesday in its American Midwest Conference opener.
The Cougars, ranked No. 20 in the NAIA, paced themselves and moved the ball well in a 9-0 victory at R. Marvin Owens Soccer Field.
"You can't take a team lightly," Cougars coach John Klein said. "We came out to score goals."
Benedictine pulled a player off the field midway through the first half with no available substitutes, leaving only 10 players on the field for the Bulldogs. The Cougars were able to easily move the ball, creating plenty of shots. Yudai Yamaguchi scored two goals and had two assists. Majd Haidar scored three goals.
"It was not a complicated game" Yamaguchi said.
Klein said the game was essentially over by halftime, but he didn't want to tell the Cougars to quit. He watched his team run up the score but did not take away much.
"To be honest, I don't even know who scored," Klein said.
Klein said he was just happy the uncomfortable situation was over.
"I don't think there was a whole lot learned tonight," Klein said, "It's a conference win. Lets just chalk it up to that."