With a tough schedule looming for the Columbia College men’s soccer team, Saturday’s game against visiting Williams Baptist College of Arkansas might as well have been presented to the Cougars giftwrapped by the American Midwest Conference.
After two disappointing tie games in which the Cougars couldn’t get more than one goal, they took out all their frustrations on the Williams Baptist Eagles in a 13-0 win.
Ivan Navarrete put three shots to the back of the net and picked up three assists. Navarrete had no trouble remembering the most recent time he played in such a lopsided game. It was last season against the same team. But he said he would rather look ahead to Tuesday’s game versus conference rival McKendree (Ill.) College.
“Our objective right now is McKendree,” Navarrete said. “We’re about to start our winning streak.”
The Cougars’ offense broke out in the first half, scoring eight goals in nine minutes, three off shots by Justin Robinson, who joined Navarrete in completing a hat trick.
Though the ties have put the Cougars (5-1-3) in a tough spot in the standings, they’re hoping to build on the momentum from Saturday’s victory and improve their No. 17 rank in the NAIA poll.