Men’s Soccer Falls 2-1 Throughout Season Opener


Arthur Parens battles for possession together with Luther defender. (Photo courtesy of Jake Noel, Gustavus Sports Information)


ST. PETER, Minn. C The Gustavus men’s soccer team suffered it has the first loss of the dropping 2-1 against Luther College in the home opener at Gustie Soccer Field.

With the loss, the Gusties’ record falls that will 3-1 overall on the season, whilst the No. 23-ranked Luther squad improves to be able to 2-2 overall.

“Very tight game now with both teams trying to get the ball down and also play,” said Brain Coach Mike Middleton. “We played among the many teams that dominated areas for the last couple of years, and gave them all they could handle, which isn’t bad for a fledgling crew.”

The Norse took an early advantage, getting just nine minutes in the match. Tyler Pieper sent the soccer ball to teammate Brunno Colon, whom took a shot from the eventually left side that was out of the arrive at of Gustie goalkeeper Matt Bateman (Jr., Savage, Minn.) determined its way in the top correct corner of the net.

Gustavus was unable to generate much criminal offense in the first period since the Luther squad defended well together with did not allow any Gustie photos, while tallying five of their own, only two being on goal.

Arthur Parens (Jr., Wayzata, Minn.) lighted a spark in the African american and Gold to begin the other half. After Daniel Barnes (Jr., Lund, Norway) headed the ball towards the left side, Parens rushed along with space and took a terrific shot past the Luther goalkeeper to help tie the game at the 46th instant.

Despite gaining a bit of momentum with Parens’ team-leading third goal of the season, this Norse quickly dampened any Gustie dreams of gaining an advantage as they required a 2-1 lead just a couple of minutes later. Aidan O’Driscoll converted at a corner kick attempt, served by Colon. Luther was able to sustain control for the rest of the match, outshooting the Gusties and holding some sort of 9-0 advantage in corner sneakers.

“We went down 1-0 after a couple of consecutive errors on the same play, which occurs when teams are new searching to gel,” Middleton mentioned. “We lost easy possession, in addition to a mix-up between two players distributed them the chance. However, most people showed great character as well as managed to get back into the game shortly after the start of the second half that has a top-class goal from Arthur Parens. That was one of the best goals you’ll see all time. At 1-1 it was anyone’s sport, and was very tight. Then later in the half we conceded a corner needlessly, and that lead to their next goal.”

Gustavus returns to its home turf at the same time tomorrow afternoon, hosting Wartburg College.

“I thought these people played very well, and this just the kind of game we needed.  I’ve rarely seen a team work as hard as this team we have, which is great to see. We’ve been getting better each moment, and also new each game. This was a enjoyable game today, next to a really good team. We’ll right now see if we have the strength of identity to bounce back after some of our first set-back,” Middleton concluded.


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