Freshman midfielder Justin Robinson scored on a header for his first goal of his college career Wednesday night.
The score helped Columbia College beat Baker College 2-1 at R. Marvin Owens Stadium. The win improves the No. 7 Cougars to 3-2 on the season.
Robinson, a Lee’s Summit native, scored two minutes after senior forward Juan Pablo Irrera scored with 6:33 left in the first half. Jared Cross, a senior defender, assisted on Robinson’s goal.
“It feels really good,” Robinson said. “I just wanted to get one underneath my belt and it just made it more significant that it was the game winning one in the first home game.”
Irrera’s goal was his third of the season. He scored in the past three games and has two assists.
Robinson wasn’t expected to play until game time. He had been in a boot cast for the past two days after spraining his ankle Saturday against Southern Nazarene. He played most of the game but took a short rest during the second half.
“We don’t play until Tuesday so he’ll have several days of rest,” head coach John Klein said “If we need to rest him on Tuesday we’ll do that. It needs to heal because we need him at full strength.”
Baker’s Jason Swart, a junior midfielder, put the Wildcats ahead 1-0 with 19:17 left in the first half.
The goal was the only offense the Wildcats mustered. The Cougars intercepted many passes sent to their side of the field.
In the second half, Baker pushed the ball deep into Columbia territory creating two scoring chances. Senior goalkeeper Steve Williams, who had 11 saves, stopped the late charge.
With 32:30 left in the second half, junior defender Matt Mueller blocked a hard Wildcats shot headed for an open net.
“I thought we gave them a few more touches in the box than I’d like them to have,” Klein said. “But I though Steve Williams came up big.”
The game was physical. Pushing and shoving by both teams resulted in several direct kicks. Two Baker players received yellow cards during the second half. The Cougar’s Vladimir Roganovic, a junior defender, also received a yellow card late in the second half.
“If they come out and play physical we come out and play more physically,” Irrera said. “I think that’s the goal for us. At home nobody can beat us.”