CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Mount Mercy scored six unanswered goals to break open an even match and defeated St. Francis (Ill.), 7-1, in a home opener on Wednesday at Lower Kingston Field.
The Mustangs (2-0-0), who lost to the Saints (0-1-0), 2-1 in overtime, last season in Joliet, Ill., put this game out of reach with five goals in a 27-minute span. Senior forward Josip Druzijanic scored the first of his two goals in the 14th minute to start the scoring.
After Victor Trujillo evened the match 10 minutes later, Mount Mercy went on its scoring binge. It started in the 29th minute with freshman forward Marco Fichtner, continued with junior defender Fergus O'Connor, freshman forward Filip Kovacevic and sophomore midfielder Jamie Booth and was capped off by an unusual play.
Druzijanic chased down a booming kick by freshman goalkeeper Goar Kempf-Heitlinger and gently headed the ball over Saints' keeper James Thorpe for his second goal in the 56th minute. Junior midfielder Michael Tessmer finished off the scoring in the 69th minute.
Kempf-Heitlinger stopped two shots in his collegiate debut. The Mustangs also got two assists from senior midfielder Robert MacGillivray and one each from O'Connor, Kovacevic, junior midfielder Ignacio Gonzalez, freshman midfielder Marko Govedarica and sophomore midfielder Eric Pfau.
Mount Mercy faces a tough test this weekend when it travels to Milwaukee, Wis., to take on 20th-ranked Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) at 3:00 p.m. It will be the season opener for the Wolves, the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) champion and NAIA national tournament qualifier in 2012.