GOODLAND, Kansas — The No. 19 ranked Cloud County Community College men's soccer team kicked off its five-game road swing in grand fashion Saturday with a dominating 5-0 victory over Northwest Kansas Technical College.
"The game could have been 6-0 or 7-0 at halftime. We played great one-touch, two-touch soccer. The kids were absolutely quality today," said T-Birds head coach, James Ross. "That's probably the best game we've played all year. We just keep coming closer together as a team on and off the field."
With the win, Cloud County improved to 7-0-1 overall on the season and to 5-0-1 in Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference play.
Freshman striker James Ndubueze got the scoring underway at the eight-minute mark of the first half, assisted by fellow freshman Ryan Medilah. Five minutes later, Medilah assisted on another goal, this time to freshman Leo Silva Santiago, who buried his first goal of the season to give the T-Birds a 2-0 lead they'd carry into the half.
Santiago wasn't done as, in the second half, he lofted a perfectly-placed corner kick into the box, providing Alan Brandao with a header opportunity, which he converted for his first goal of 2016 that gave Cloud County a 3-0 lead.
Freshman midfielder Luiz Garcia upped the T-Birds lead to 4-0 after cashing in on a penalty kick opportunity before freshman Marcos Gomes put the bow on the convincing 5-0 win with a gorgeous goal from 25-yards out.
"(Gomes) had the goal of the year so far," Ross said. "He probably hit it from 25 yards out, one-touch shot top shelf."
The T-Birds will continue their five-game road swing at 4 p.m. Wednesday against Barton Community College in a contest that has plenty riding on it with only four conference games remaining for the T-Birds during the regular season.
"If we win (Wednesday), we should be able to wrap up the conference title," said Ross, who praised his players for their efforts on and off the field thus far. "The sky is the limit for this team."