(Argo Athletics Media Release)
GREAT FALLS -- After a disappointing loss against Corban University on Friday, the University of Providence men's soccer team bounced back with a 3-0 win over Northwest Christian.
George Holloway put the Argos on the board first with an easy header off a pass from Alain Murhula in the 30th minute. Though they had a bunch of chances, the Argos took only a 1-0 lead to the half. In the second half, after an own goal in the 65th minute. Murhula found Holloway again for the second time in the 79th minute to finalize the 3-0 score.
"We did what we needed to do today," Argo head coach Matt Ball said. "They responded well. It would have been easy for us to come out flat to begin with."
The Argos controlled the pace for the majority of the game, and the ball was on their side of the field most of the game. The Argos attempted 28 shots, compared to the Beacons seven.
"We controlled 90 minutes of the game," Ball said. "At no point was I concerned that they were going to score."
The game also highlighted the connection of the Argo attackers: Holloway, Murhula and Leo Almedia. Murhula found Holloway for two goals, and the trio had several attacks that led to shots on goal.
"All year we've been trying to get the best out of our front three and they're starting to click," Ball said. "All three of them had their chances this game and should have scored more than they did. They have the potential to be very good and very dangerous if they start connecting on the same wavelength."
The Argos will hit the road this week traveling to Multnomah and Warner Pacific.
WOMEN: Providence 7, Northwest Christian 0
Powered by Eme McLaughlin's four goals, the University of Providence defeated Northwest Christian 7-0 on Saturday on senior day.
McLaughlin scored all of her goals in the first half. Shawnae Inama and Shayenn Thompson also scored in the first half to give the Argos a 6-0 lead at the break. Soraya Alfaro scored in the second half for the Argos to make it 7-0.
"We came off a big win yesterday," McLaughlin said. "That was a big win for us and that momentum carried over into today. It was a super fun win and a super fun game for us."
Bri Wikert had three assists on the day. Shayenn Thompson had two and Adri Contreras had one. As a team, the Argos had 22 shots (15 on goal), compared to the Beacons 4 (3 on goal).
"We're starting to gel," head coach Brian Clarke said. "We had a tough two weeks on the road. We weren't getting the results we were fighting for. To come back home and get two big wins really puts us right back on track. It was a great weekend for the girls, they did really well."
Though the game was highlighted by McLaughlin's four goals, her fellow senior Isa Ortman also shined for the Argos, anchoring a strong defensive line.
"They've both been great for us," Clarke said. "They've been great for us all season long and even in their careers. We're really proud of them and thank them for everything they've given."
The Argos will hit the road again next week when they play Multnomah and Warner Pacific.
"It's been tough being on the road so much," Ortman said. "There's been a lot of ups and downs. We're fighting through them. We're really young and a lot of people are stepping up in their own ways. We still got a lot of season left to go. I have big expectations for this team."