T-Birds win fifth straight with 1-0 shutout of Northwest Kansas Technical College

T-Birds win fifth straight with 1-0 shutout of Northwest Kansas Technical College

GOODLAND, Kansas — A change in time zone didn't change the roll the Cloud County Community College men's soccer team is currently on as the T-Birds pushed their current win streak to five games after a 1-0 road victory over Northwest Kansas Technical College.

"The guys played really well," said Cloud County head coach, Charles Long. "Northwest Kansas Tech played a lot of long balls and we did very well handling the counter-attacks. It was nice to see that we can hold a tight lead, defensively, and that's been our forte these last five games."

Wednesday's shutout of the Mavericks (1-5 overall, 1-3 KJCCC West) is the fourth for the T-Birds (6-3 overall, 5-0 KJCCC West) during their five-game winning streak.

Sophomore goalkeeper Charles Albuquerque was fantastic again in net, finishing with six saves, while the Cloud County offense was able to produce the game-winning goal with 33:40 remaining on a free kick from sophomore Feliphe Pasetto de Souza.

The defensive effort from the T-Birds was made more impressive by the face they were without two starting defensemen in center backs David Smith and Tales Avila.

Paul Fikipo and Manuel Marquez drew the starting assignments on Wednesday and were solid anchoring the Cloud County back row.

"Our two starting center backs (Smith and Avila) didn't make the trip due to hamstring injuries," Long said. "Paul and Manuel both stepped in and played very well for us."

Cloud County will look to keep on rolling when it hosts Barton Community College at 8 p.m. on Saturday.

That evening marks the 35th annual Fall Fest celebration in Concordia, and will be a special event for the Cloud County soccer teams as the T-Birds will play under the lights at Harold M. Clark Stadium on the Concordia High School campus.