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Trojans fall to Grinnell in season opener

April 11, 2018
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

As the STC Trojans took to the field Senior Daniel Ochoa, let out a battle cry that could be heard throughout the STC complex. The Trojans were ready to get the season started to say the least.

STC hosted Grinnell for their first game of the season on Thursday, April 5. To say the weather has been uncooperative would have been an understatement. Thursday's conditions weren't great but good enough to get a game in.

Last year's non-conference meeting between the two teams resulted in a 4-0 shutout by the Tigers. While the 2018 meeting between the two teams was a little closer match, the Tigers still managed a dominant 3-1 win over STC. Grinnell came into the season ranked 14th with an 11-5 record and dropped one spot to 15th after week one.

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STC’S goalie, Jake Wilkerson, blocks a corner shot attempt by Grinnell. The Trojans hosted Grinnell in their 2018 season opener on Thursday, April 6. Grinnell took the win 3-1.
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Grinnell put together a steady stream of offensive attacks racking up 42 shots. Isaac Comstock led the team with 13 shots and scored one goal.

The first goal of the afternoon was made by Comstock. He put together a drive shooting straight up the middle. The ball sailed to the right of STC goalie Jake Wilkerson at the 21 minute mark. Wilkerson managed to redeem himself with three big stops later in the first half. The Tigers got in two shots within the 12th minute. One was defended by Wilkerson but the second attempt by Grinnell's Aidan Brownell was good putting the Tigers ahead 2-0.

The Trojans' lone goal came following a penalty on the Tigers in the first half. STC sophomore Jorge Garcia took the penalty shot to put the Trojans on the board with roughly nine minutes remaining in the first half.

STC's Jaime Angel had an opportunity to score six minutes after the Trojans first goal but the attempt was denied by Grinnell. Wilkerson kept the Tigers at bay with two more stops before halftime.

With the second half came a slight wind. Grinnell continued with their offensive pursuit controlling possession for much of the final 40 minutes of play. The Tiger's Wyatt Dillon contributed the Tigers third and final goal of the evening with just over 15 minutes remaining.

The Trojans finished with four shots and one goal.



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