Someone passing by Owens Soccer Stadium on Tuesday night might have mistaken the noise emanating from the stands for a swarm of angry hornets.
But the only sting was felt by the Missouri Baptist University soccer team in a 1-0 loss to Columbia College.
The noise came from kazoos handed out to Columbia College fans by the student association as a part of spirit week.
The victory improved No. 14 Columbia College to 6-2 on the season in its second home game. The win was the Cougars’ 10th consecutive at home.
Missouri Baptist outplayed the Cougars in the first half, registering six shots on goal. Columbia College wasn’t able to get any shots on net.
Coach John Klein said his Cougars lacked intensity in the first half..
“I just think we need to be hungrier and more energetic in the first half, and just be a little more serious in the box and around the goal,” Klein said. “I think we had some scoring opportunities early that could have made it a much more comfortable game.”
The Cougars came out of halftime showing more energy than they had in the first half. They were able to get four shots on goal in the second half.
Senior Ben Boehnerscored the only goal of the game on a feed from defender Jared Cross.
The goal was the result of a Cougar throw-in. Cross called for midfielder Ryan Hyde to throw him the ball. Cross passed the ball toward the front of the net from about 40 yards out. Boehner headed the ball into the net, barely out of the reach of Spartans’ keeper Leonardo Capotorto.
Cross said he had been working on that type of pass after practice the day before.
“At the end of practice we practiced playing those balls across because in the last game I played two really bad balls in just a set play, and that’s not acceptable,” he said.
Cross and fellow defender Vladimir Roganovic have been working on the long crossing passes.Midfielder Justin Robinson played only three minutes in the game.
On Saturday he was assisted off the field after he re-aggravated his right ankle. He originally injured the ankle Sept. 4 against Southern Nazarene University.
Klein said he is not planning on having Robinson play in Thursday’s game.
“We’ll hold off until next Wednesday to see if, if that’s going to heal,” Klein said. “Maybe we don’t know how serious that injury is, and it might need two weeks of rest.”