The WTAMU Buffalo men’s soccer team won its seventh season opener out of the last nine openers on August 30 by defeating the Southern Nazarene Crimson Storm 3-0 at The Pitch in Canyon. The Buffs improved their record in openers to 17-4-1 all-time.
WT scored quickly when senior Colin Bjostad knocked in a header in the 11th minute to put the Buffs up 1-0. WT and red shirt freshman goalkeeper William Cooper maintained that lead through the first half.
The Buff’s offense caught fire early in the second half. Senior Dominic Furness scored WT’s second goal from three yards out on a one-on-one breakaway in the 49th minute. Furness would score again on a penalty kick with 35 minutes remaining in the game to put the Buffs up 3-0.
“I thought we defended well and created good scoring chances,” said Coach Butch Lauffer. “I would like the team to get more clinical in front of the goal; there were several chances I thought we could’ve done better on.”
After WT got off to a 0-4 start that helped keep them out of the postseason last year, 1-0 is a good way to start off this season.