The Tigers' two-game slide and scoring drought are history.
Taking the lead just four minutes in, the Marshalltown Community College men's soccer team (5-2-1, 3-1) got back on track with a 4-0 victory over Iowa Lakes Community College (3-6-0, 1-3) Wednesday.
The timing couldn't have been better as the Tigers restored their confidence heading into one of their toughest tests of the season on the road against NJCAA Division I No. 7 ranked Iowa Central Community College (9-0-0, 4-0) Saturday at 1 p.m.
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Marshalltown Community College’s Bruno Liozzi, center, finds a crease in Iowa Lakes’ defense at home Wednesday. Liozzi assisted on two goals in MCC’s 4-0 victory.
MCC head coach Rafael Martinez believed the quick start was critical in setting the tone for the match and moving forward after his squad had failed to find the back of the net in its last two matches - both defeats.
"It was huge. After two losses you start doubting everything you do. That's the worst thing that can happen to a team," said Martinez.
"We need to trust our system. We need to trust ourselves, our teammates and the coaches - and believe that we're on the right path."
Marcus Boehler put the Tigers on the board early scoring on an assist from Javier Lopez in the fourth minute. MCC added to its advantage in the 31st minute when Kevin Guerrero slipped one past the keeper on a pass from Philip Zeon.
The Tigers' defense didn't let up in the second half and the offense created two more goals off corner kicks - both assisted by Bruno Liozzi. Lopez headed a ball into the net in the 75th minute and Jose Gomez completed MCC's scoring with a goal just six minutes later.
Martinez praised the complete game effort and knows it will be critical to the Tigers' success Saturday.
"We stayed focused on the game for 90 minutes. Even though we were ahead 2-0, 3-0, 4-0, we stayed with our system and our style. We didn't have mental mistakes in the back, which is very easy. We played for 90 minutes and that's what we need to do with Iowa Central," said Martinez.
Martinez's players are on the same train of thought as they prepare for the Tritons.
"I think the team is ready and we showed that today on the field. We are ready for this important game," said Lopez.