Behind Alvarez's goal, Dominican (Ill.) starts season with victory vs. Greenville
RIVER FOREST, Ill. -- The season got underway for Dominican (Ill.) on Monday afternoon, as Marco Alvarez's second-half goal lifted the Stars past the Greenville Panthers.
The Stars and Panthers played a scoreless first half with Dominican holding a slight 8-6 advantage in shots with each side putting one shot on frame. The best chance of the opening 45 minutes came in the 39th minute as Greenville's Jacob Krisher found himself near the top of the 18-yard box with a clear look at the goal. Kirsher's shot went right into the hands of the Stars' Gabriel Gongora, Dominican's freshman goalkeeper making his first collegiate start.
The score remained even until the 51st minute when Mitch Corsten was able to play a ball to Logan Marvin over the top of the Panthers' backline. Marvin carried the ball toward the goal before sliding a pass to Alvarez who was able to guide the ball across the goal line for his first goal of the season.
The Stars continued to press forward nearly scoring on a corner kick in the 65th minute but freshman Eli Sherman's diving header pushed wide. The Stars were also dangerous on restarts as Corsten's header sailed just above crossbar in the 79th minute.
The Panthers regrouped and made a push during the final five minutes, pressing forward in the 89th minute as Krisher actually beat Gongora who had come off his line but Corsten took the ball off the goal line to preserve the shutout victory for Dominican.
The Stars held an 18-12 advantage in shots, doubling up the Panthers in shots on goal, 6-3. Dominican managed to win 11 corner kick opportunities while giving up just two to the Panthers. Gongora picked up the shutout victory in his first collegiate start, logging three saves.