COLUMBIA — Columbia College soccer fans watched as goalkeeper Matt McKenna reached out to make a save. It wasn't a difficult save. But it was early in the second half and Truman State was putting on the pressure, and sometimes you never know.
McKenna's save was one of several that helped the Cougars secure a 4-0 win Friday night. It was the Cougars' fifth consecutive shutout, which broke a school record.
The shutout was also notable because the Bulldogs play at the NCAA Division-II level, and it was the first time this season the Cougars have played a team outside the NAIA.
The team's defense played a central role in previous games during the streak, but Friday the goalkeeper did a lot of the work.
"Matt McKenna made some of the biggest saves he's made all year," Columbia College head coach John Klein said.
Dylan Barduzzi scored the first of his two goals two minutes into the game.
"Our main goal was to score first," Barduzzi said. "If we had that goal we knew that they would open up and we would have more space."
Klein was pleased with the strong effort from Columbia College.
"It was truly a great performance from everybody," Klein said.
One highlight for Columbia College was mid-fielder Andres Acosta's first-half goal off of a corner kick.
Acosta had planned on transferring to Truman State, but ended up with the Cougars so he wouldn't have to wait a year to play. Truman State assistant coach Joe Nick, who coached Acosta at Gulf Coast High School in Florida, recommended Acosta to play at Columbia College.
Nick was not in attendance, but Acosta said his old coach would hear about his goal.
"It felt great," Acosta said laughing.
Acosta said he is happy with the way things worked out for him.
"Having a great team and a good group like this helps," Acosta said, "We're always positive and we help each other."