BURLINGTON — After trying for over 100 minutes to get a ball past Alfred Schindler, Adam Dahou finally blasted a kick past the Southeastern Community College freshman goalkeeper.
The ball screamed past Schindler, and struck the post. It was the final shot the Indian Hills men’s soccer team would have on Wednesday at the Burlington Regional RecPlex, a fitting end to a frustrating day as the 17th-ranked Warriors played to a scoreless tie with the Blackhawks.
“Today’s game definitely feels like a defeat,” IHCC head men’s soccer coach Juan Espinal said. “The game could have been done in the first 40-45 minutes. We missed five first-chances in front of the goal. We let teams in the game and we give them hope. That’s something we can’t do.”
For the second straight match, Indian Hills failed to capitalize despite owning a majority of scoring chances in the first half. Southeastern made one furious run at the Warriors’ goal midway through the half, resulting in one blocked shot and the first of seven saves for Indian Hills goalkeeper Vinicius Cadengue.
Aside from that quick rally, Southeastern never threatened the goal seriously during the opening half. Yet, just as was the case Friday against Anoka-Ramsey, IHCC failed to break the scoreless tie before halftime as the Warriors failed to find the back of the net on eight shots, including six that were stopped by Schindler.
“We don’t take anything for granted. It’s just a matter of being composed in front of the goal,” Espinal said. “It’s a matter of being comfortable with those opportunities.”
Southeastern sophomore Soane Deminguet Folituu had one of the better looks early in the second half for the Blackhawks (1-2-1), missing high on a shot from the top of the box. Folituu would be part of a bigger play on an attack with 20 minutes left in regulation, drawing a red card on a tackle by Sacha Vandersteene that resulted in IHCC having to play shorthanded for the remaining 40 minutes of play.
“It was a questionable red card. I’m going to go back and look at the film, but our center back won the ball cleanly,” Espinal said. “We had to adjust. We had to learn how to face adversity away from home.”
Cadengue helped IHCC (3-0-1) do just that, making three quality saves in the second half and three more game-saving stops in the second overtime period. Southeastern would finish the match with a 15-13 edge in shots, many coming for the Blackhawks with the Warriors down a man on the field.
“Vinicius was huge for us in goal. He was our backbone today,” Espinal said. “Adam and Edin (Ganic) also stepped up big time for us at the center backs.”
Indian Hills and Southeastern will meet in Ottumwa later this season for a regular-season regional match on Oct. 3. While it wasn’t a loss, the Warriors will look to bounce back from the draw on Saturday as the Warriors host Heartland Community College in Ottumwa at 3 p.m.
“It’s common in the game of soccer. Sometimes, the better teams come in and they don’t get the result they’re looking for,” Espinal said. “It’s part of the game. Whoever scores in soccer wins and 70-80 percent of the time, whoever misses those clear looks at the goal will come out the loser. We were fortunate enough to come out of this match with a draw considering the chances we had the shots we missed in front of the goal.”