Brad Williams battles for possession. (Picture: Alex Sellner, Gustavus Sports Information)
ST. PETER, Minn. C The actual Gustavus men’s soccer team had a season come to an end with a Mn Intercollegiate Athletic Conference playoff semifinal loss as opposed to Macalester College, falling 1-0 on a icy Wednesday afternoon at Gustie Basketball Field.
After earning a first circle bye and the No. A couple of seed for the playoffs by using a 2-0 win over the Scots previous Saturday, Macalester came back to overcome Gustavus and earn a second consecutive visit to the MIAC Playoff Final.
“A really good performance from the players today, they had been top-class,” said Head Instructor Mike Middleton. “I’m not sure there was far more we could have done. We ruled the game for large swathes, and even though I may be biased I thought all of us looked the much better squad.”
A first half score by way of Seth Kofman at the 29th minute was all of the scoring Macalester needed as the Gustie offense was only able to muster a person shot on goal.
“We reigned over the first half, with their intention coming against the run regarding play,” Middleton said. “The ball was laid back to the our own goalkeeper by one of defenders to help keep possession, the ball appeared to be played up-field but went to certainly one of their players, and a quick ball was played thru and our defender fell. It was just one of those things.”
Goalkeeper Shiny Bateman (Jr., Savage, Minn.) kept Gustavus in the game, tallying half dozen saves, including a tremendous help save to deny the Scottish from taking a two-goal lead out a penalty kick opportunity.
After the Scots outshout the Gusties 9-3 in the first half, the home team came out with some push back to start another half, generating three step by step corner kicks. However, they couldn’t find a way to break from the Macalester defense.
“Macalaster have proved to be an organization that is very tough to wear out. 1-0 down at half-time I was positive that we would get back into the sport. However, they did an excellent job breaking up the execute, and managed held regarding right to the end,” Middleton left a comment.
Brad Williams (Sr., Andover, Minn.) and Matt Gibbons (Fy., Minneapolis, Minn.) contributed the offense effort, creating two shots each.
The Black colored and Gold conclude their particular season with a 13-6 overall record.
“I’m very proud of the lads nowadays: they were terrific. We just didn’t get what we deserved, and its a sad way to go out. We finished second in the seminar, and it was great for hosting, and we showed we completely deserved to be in that position. I don’t think we have a chance for an at large bid, which is a great shame, as we can be a team that is playing properly and could have done some injury. This result is bitter tablet to swallow at the moment,Half inch Middleton concluded.