CONCORDIA, Kansas — After being limited to three goals through its first four games, the Cloud County Community College men's soccer team was able to exhale on Wednesday, exploding for five goals in a 5-0 home victory over Hesston College.
"It was exciting to see and exciting for the players," said Cloud County head coach, Charles Long. "The thing I liked was that they were nicely executed goals. The guys needed that."
The afternoon started off with a highlight reel goal from freshman Djougher Oliveira, who hammered home a bicycle kick inside the goalie box to put Cloud County (2-3 overall, 1-0 KJCCC) up 1-0 on Hesston (0-3-1 overall, 0-1 KJCCC) with 24:41 remaining in the first half.
Fellow freshman Leonardo Velazco added a beauty of his own just as the clock moved under 10 minutes remaining in the half as he intercepted a ball around midfield and drove a shot over the head of the Larks' goalkeeper, Bryson White.
Dasylva netted his team-leading third goal of the season at the 59:46 mark, while Bissessur was able to beat his man, and the Hesston goalkeeper, to the ball on a deep pass from Feliphe Pasetto de Souza.
"I think 'Babou' was someone who really needed a goal (Wednesday)," said Long of Bissessur, one of the T-Birds team captains. "I think it's going to help him and (Wednesday's game) is going to help all the guys."
The T-Birds put the cherry on top with a late score from freshman Manuel Marquez, who boomed a shot from just inside midfield that hopped over White, who was out of position after he had tried to clear the ball downfield.
In net, sophomore goalkeeper Charles Albuquerque was solid in picking up his first shutout of 2018 as he stopped all three chances he faced.
Cloud County will now turn its attention toward Dodge City Community College, which comes into town at 4 p.m. on Saturday carrying a 3-1 overall record.
"Dodge City is playing very good soccer this year and they (Conquistadors) are going to be stiff competition," Long said.