It took only two minutes of action for Junior Kingsley Assibey (Accra, Ghana) to punch in his first of three goals to lead the Barclay College Bears Soccer Team to a convincing 3-0 home victory over #5 Manhattan Christian College (Manhattan, KS) on Tuesday night.
Assibey led the Bears in scoring as a sophomore last year as well, and he is well on his way again in 2014. Assibey’s first goal came as a result of a miss-communication by the Crusaders back line and their goalkeeper. Freshman Julio Cobo (Katy, TX) headed a pass across the front of the box that would have been routinely stopped, but was miss-played and Assibey leaped over the keeper and then tapped it in to put the Bears up 1-0 in the opening minutes of the game. Then at the 14 minute mark the Bears had a throw in that was flicked by Freshman Tyler Wright (Mulvane, KS) and then headed in by Assibey to allow the Bears to build their lead to 2-0. From that point on, the game was taken to a different level of physicality as both teams were given two yellow cards and the officiating was tightened up. At halftime the score remained 2-0.
On Tuesday night the Bears came out lackadaisical in the second half of their 3-0 win over Hillsdale College (Moore, OK), but they learned a valuable lesson from that game because this time around they put two great halves of soccer together. In the 50th minute, Freshman Josh Hernandez (Houston, TX) perfectly placed a free kick from just outside of the Bears own box that hit Assibey in stride on the other end of the field, who then placed into the back of the net for his third goal of the game. The Bears really controlled the game from beginning to end with strong midfield play from a host of players and a solid back line as the Crusaders were only able to put three shots on goal.
The Bears improved to 3-0 on the season and 2-0 in Midwest Christian College Conference play as they head into an off weekend. They are next back on the pitch in Haviland, KS at 7:30 PM CST on Tuesday, September 16th against Central Christian College (McPherson, KS).