Crowder rebounded from its first loss of the season on Saturday with a 4-0 win Tuesday afternoon against Coffeyville at Roughrider Field.
Sophomore forward Marlon Freitas netted a hat trick with Crowder’s first three goals and Yonas Girma’s header off a rebound closed out the scoring at the 73-minute, 51-second mark of the match.

Crowder rebounded from its first loss of the season on Saturday with a 4-0 win Tuesday afternoon against Coffeyville at Roughrider Field.
Sophomore forward Marlon Freitas netted a hat trick with Crowder’s first three goals and Yonas Girma’s header off a rebound closed out the scoring at the 73-minute, 51-second mark of the match.
Crowder goalkeepers Ben Spencer and Daniel Ost combined on the shutout, and head coach Brad Smith was pleased with the play of the ‘Riders, who mostly kept their composure in the midst of possible chippiness and did not allow cheap goals late in a blowout.
“We knocked it around pretty good today,” he said. “Kept our heads today for the most part. We had a couple dumb yellow cards, but other than that, we did what we are trying to do. I keep telling them that it’s going to be the secret the whole way. If we get caught up in what other people are doing,
then we’re not doing what we do.”
Freitas, after being tackled in the penalty box, put the first points on the scoreboard nearly 14 minutes into the match with a penalty kick past Coffeyville freshman goalie Julian Cardenas. Cardenas undoubtedly became tired of seeing Crowder’s No. 11, who became the stuff of nightmares for goalies on Tuesday.
The score remained the same until 1:33 remaining in the first half, when Freitas beat Cardenas in a foot race for a loose ball and kicked the ball into the exposed net.
Freitas used his left foot for his third goal and Girma, who has made a specialty of headers early this season, put back Leonardo Mueller’s free kick.
Crowder improved to 2-1 on the season and the ‘Riders open Region 16 play Saturday at home against St. Louis.
“They knocked us out of the region last year,” Smith said. “Beat us bad early in the year last year. We’ll see what happens. We’ll see if we can get our stuff together and get ready to play. That’s all we can do.”
The ‘Riders and the Archers start at 2 p.m. from Roughrider Field. In the first two home matches of the season, the ‘Riders outscored Wentworth Military College and Coffeyville by a combined 13-1 score.
St. Louis owns a 2-0 record on the season, with a 5-0 win over State Fair and a 7-3 win over Kankakee. The Archers play Southwestern Illinois on Thursday.
St. Louis won both meetings against Crowder last season, 6-0 in the regular season and 2-1 in the Region 16 playoffs. Both matches were played at St. Louis. Freitas scored the lone goal against the Archers last season; Crowder’s leading scorer already has five goals on the season.
Keep in mind that Coffeyville beat Crowder 4-0 last season and the ‘Riders lost six of their first seven matches before rebounding for a 7-10 season.