Boys soccer team shuts out Linn-Mar 4-0

The boys soccer team faced off with Mississippi Valley Conference opponent Linn-Mar on April 20. The Trojans handily took down the Lions 4-0.

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Owen Aanestad

Haider Nasr ’24 takes a shot on goal from the top of the box against Linn-Mar on April 20 at Ed Barker Field.

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief

Coming off of three straight wins of scoring four goals or more, Brad Stiles’ boys soccer team was determined to not only light up the scoreboard once again but pick up their second Mississippi Valley Conference win of the year. The Trojans handily took down Linn-Mar 4-0 at Ed Barker Field on April 20 despite fridge temperatures.

Repping the grey and green threads, West got to work right away. Senior Kolby Godbolt got past his Lion defender with ease only 7 minutes in to make a beautiful cross right on point for fellow senior Marko Migambi to find the back of the net. The Trojans went up 1-0, early.

Only a couple of minutes later, Linn-Mar’s head coach received a red card after disagreeing with a call causing a handful of pauses, but the boys soccer team continued to find a rhythm on offense as they looked to build on their early lead.

Godbolt once again made a man miss in the box for another cross in where this time he found Charlie Miller ’21 to punch it in for the Trojans. Miller’s goal 32 minutes in extended West’s lead to 2-0 with some time left in the first half.

In a matter of seconds, the Trojans were back in attack mode. Matthew Steinbronn ’21, while looking to make a cross, got fouled from behind in the box to set up another chance for West to score. Yulong Shao ’21 capitalized for the Trojans on the penalty kick to make it 3-0 West, at the end of the first half.

With a comfortable lead yet again this season, Stiles had the opportunity to give his starters a rest and build upon some of his program’s depth throughout the second half.

Tyler Johnson ’21 spun around his Lion defender on a run from the backline to make a nice play on the ball and find the back of the net for some insurance going forward. Johnson’s goal that added to the Trojan’s lead in with only a couple of minutes left made it 4-0, West, as crunch time neared for Linn-Mar. Goalkeeper Nick McDonnell ’22 and the Trojan defense withheld the Lion’s last-minute attack to finish the night without giving up a single goal. Stiles and the boys soccer team took down Linn-Mar 4-0 to improve to 6-1 on the year.

The Trojans will be back at Ed Barker Field this Friday, April 23 where they will face off with cross-town rival City High in a highly anticipated fight for Iowa City bragging rights.