Cougars’ two-year streak still alive

Sunday, September 19, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 10:30 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The winning streak at Owens Soccer Stadium stayed alive for another night. The Columbia College men’s soccer team added another home win Saturday night, beating William Jewell College 2-1.

The winning streak dates back to Nov. 13, 2002, when Columbia College lost in the Region V semifinal game to Graceland University.

“This is a great kickoff to a home stretch,” coach John Klein said. “I think the most important thing is that you establish a level of confidence, and you continue to step out on the field and maintain that level of confidence.”

The Cougars play at home until Oct. 5, when they travel to McKendree College in Lebanon, Ill.

Juan Pagoda opened the scoring for the Cougars. The senior forward scored on a penalty kick in the 36th minute.

“It was a little off,” Pagoda said. “I was trying to place it in the corner, but, I mean, I had the keeper guessing the right way.”

The penalty kick was a result of a foul called on William Jewell goalkeeper Michael Patton. The Cardinals’ goalkeeper collided with Juan Pablo Irrera in the penalty box while Irrera was making a solo run at the William Jewell goal.

Pagoda scored again in the 62nd minute. He headed his second goal into the net off of a crossing pass from Irrera.

Midfielder Kevin Nekuda scored the only goal for William Jewell in the 87th minute of the match.

“I punched the ball out,” Williams said. “I think I could have had it with my hands, and that developed into a throw-in, which led to it bouncing around, and one of the guys, Number 13 I think, at the top of the box ripped one real low. I was following to the right, and it got deflected to left.”

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