BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – The No. 4 ranked Baker University men's soccer team picked up its ninth-straight win on Wednesday evening, defeating No. 12 Central Methodist, 2-1 in Fayette, Missouri.
With the win Baker improves to 11-1-1 overall and 7-0 in Heart play, while the Eagles fall to 9-2-2 and 5-1-2 in conference action. Baker hasn't lost a match since its third match of the season on Sept. 2.
The 'Cats got off to a quick start when sophomore defender Joah Hickel nailed a shot past keeper Vince Gelei in just the 3rd minute of the match.
The Eagles would respond in the 30th minute with a goal from Jackson Darnell to tie the match at 1-1.
In the 80th minute a CMU foul inside the penalty box gave Baker a chance to take the lead on a penalty kick.
Reigning Heart Offensive Player of the Week Blake Levine stepped up and nailed the PK into the upper right corner of the goal, giving the 'Cats a 2-1 lead and ultimately the win.
Collectively, Baker recorded nine shots on the evening with five on goal, while the Eagles managed 15 shots and four on goal.
Levine led the 'Cats on the offensive side of the ball, recording three shots with all three on goal and Joseph Houlihan attempted two shots. CMU's Darnell led the attack with five shots.
Freshman goalkeeper Alberto Ciroi had another excellent night for Baker, recording three saves and only allowing one goal.
Baker will next take on the William Penn Statesmen on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m. inside Liston Stadium.