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 October 12, 2012

The Prairie State College men’s soccer team closed out the home portion of its regular-season schedule the same way that it started: With a win.

Thanks in part to a three-goal effort from standout freshman midfielder Lukman Ahmed-Shaibu, the Pioneers moved to 15-2 overall and 11-0 on its home field following an 8-0 triumph Thursday over Kennedy-King in Chicago Heights.

“In 21 seasons as a head coach, this is the first time that I’ve ever finished the regular season undefeated at home,” Spataru said. “I’m very, very proud of this team, and have been all year, I feel good for them because this is a tremendous accomplishment and this team is making history.”

Ahmed-Shaibu, now leads the nation with 54 points. His 23 goals on the season currently tie him for the national lead with Paulo Novo of MCC-Blue River (KS).

PSC’s fleet-footed midfielder opened the scoring for PSC in the 10th minute when he chipped in a pass from freshman forward Kyle Burry (Elk Rapids H.S., Mich.).

Freshman midfielder Alexis Ferreira da Silva (Liceu Pasteur H.S., Brazil) converted a penalty kick in the 14th, lifting the Pioneers to a 2-0 lead.

Ahmed-Shaibu made it 3-0 in the 16th when he reeled in a pass from Ferreira da Silva and put a strong move on a Kennedy-King defender to beat the goalkeeper.

Sophomore midfielder Ivan Valencia (Plainfield South H.S.) flicked a short pass to sophomore defender Austin Haire (Chesterton H.S., Ind.) also in the 16th which Haire promptly fired into the back of the net for his second marker of the campaign.

Reigning Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Player of the Week, Burry, lifted the Pioneers to a 5-0 advantage in the 21st with his 14th tally of the season.

Ahmed-Shaibu struck again in the 62nd when Ferreira da Silva found him with his third assist of the tilt.

Freshman forward Antonio Garcia notched his first collegiate goal, courtesy of a penalty kick in the 63rd, making it 7-0.

Freshman forward Jeremie Kalonji (Rich East H.S.) used some fancy moves to record the first marker of his collegiate career in the 87th.

PSC sophomore keeper Victor Lozano (East Chicago Central H.S., Ind.) starting the match between the posts, but was lifted after just 24 minutes due to the lopsided score. He did not face a shot.

Freshman Ray Baldovin (Tinley Park H.S.) started the game in his usual spot as a defender, but played the match’s final 66 minutes in goal. He made two saves.

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