Tigers close in on second straight title

Cowley College freshman Lucas Mauri (20) moves upfield as Coffeyville midfielder Bruno Maurillo Conceicao, right, approaches Saturday.

The Cowley College men’s soccer team blasted Coffeyville 8-0 on Saturday.

The Tigers (9-1-1, 6-1-1 Jayhawk East), who won their third straight, are now one victory away from repeating as Jayhawk East champions.

Lucas de Freitas and Lucas Mauro both scored twice in the first half to give Cowley a 4-0 lead at the intermission.

“Lucas de Freitas would be a starter for any other team in the conference and Lucas Mauro continues to create chances for himself and his teammates,” Cowley coach Ruy Vaz said.

Mauro recorded a hat trick with his third goal in the second half. Lucas Shirakawa scored two second-half goals — his first of the season — and Elluan Martins Gomes added one.

“He has been trying so hard and the goals finally happened for him,” Vaz said. “This will hopefully open the door for more goals.”

Cowley’s backline of freshmen Alexandre Picoto and Alvaro Gabancho helped to shut out the Red Ravens (0-14-1, 0-8) in the absence of sophomore co-captain Joao Victor Camargos.

“They stepped up and kept the concentration where it needed to be,” Vaz said.

The Tigers play at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Neosho County. 

The Panthers (10-3, 4-3) handed the Tigers theirs lone conference defeat on Sept. 21 at home.

“Neosho has a lot of talented players and is very similar to us,” Vaz said. “We love to play against them because it is a high-energy, rivalry game. We have got to be prepared and focused.”

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