MITCHELL, S.D. – The Gustavus men’s soccer team wrapped up its non-conference agenda Tuesday afternoon with a 5-0 triumph at Dakota Wesleyan, improving its total record to 11-5 on the period.
Five different scorers found their technique on the scoresheet for Gustavus, all arriving the second half, highlighted by way of a collegiate first from May Richards (So., Hudson, Wis.),?a career-high two assist game from Kyle Monson (Jr., Verona, Wis.), and a goal and assist each and every from Matt Murakami (Sr., Eden Prairie, Minn.) and Arthur Parens (Jr .., Wayzata, Minn.).
The Black and Gold outshot this Tigers 7-3 and led 5-1 around corner kick opportunities quick grown timbers . scoreboard reading 0-0 at the intermission.
“A hard earned, well deserved win today,” stated Head Coach Mike Middleton. “We all set up the result with our 1st half performance.?We went them ragged, forcing those to defend for long periods inside?that first half.”
Alex Wilson (Sr., Ashland, Wis.) started out the scoring at the 69th tiny to get the Gusties on the board in reference to his second goal of the season. Murakami aided on the eventual game-winning goal.
The Gusties counted four more goals within the final 20 minutes of the 50 %, with Richards, Parens, Murakami, and Luke Laurich (Thus., Batavia, Ill.) picking up goals.
“People opened them up in the other half and were able to capitalize on?the extra space created following oppositions first half exertions. We had several really nicely crafted aims, which is nice to see. Plus, shared around the team, indicating we can be dangerous from the number of areas,” Middleton commented.
Leading Dakota Wesleyan 19-6 around shots while owning an 8-1 advantages in corner kick possibilities, the Gustie defense held strong as well. Goalkeepers?Matt Bateman (Jr., Savage, Minn.) and Anders Severson (Jr., Woodbury, Minn.) combined to the shutout in net, with Bateman taking three saves.?
“The lads usually are flying at the moment. We absolutely look like we are in excellent form. The lads must always keep their feet on the ground however as we know what happens to hotdogs- some people get burnt,” Middleton concluded.
Gustavus concludes its regular season in a month’s time with two matches in advance, heading to Hamline University on Tuesday as well as returning home to host Macalester College with senior day next Thursday.