Gustavus celebrates its opening intention. (Photo courtesy of Gunnar Ledin, Gustavus Sports Information and facts)
ST. PETER, Minn. C The Gustavus men’s football team defeated Concordia College 2-1 Saturday mid-day at Gustie Soccer Field, proclaiming its first Minnesota Intercollegiate Casual Conference victory.
The Gusties, (4-3-0, 1-1-0 MIAC), outplayed the Cobbers, (1-4-1, 0-1-1 MIAC) during the first half and capitalized out of two rebound goals.
“A superb team performance today, a operation that warms the cockles of the heart,” said Head Coach Mike Middleton. “We dominated the experience in terms of possession, moving the ball very nicely often.The lads created a number of getting opportunities and looked like a truly decent side.”
Leading in golf shots, 7-2 in the first period of perform, Gustavus grabbed the first lead at the 22nd minute. After a He Gibbons (Fy., Minneapolis, Minn.) shot on objective, Bradley Williams (Sr., Andover, Minn.) crashed the rebound and hang up away his first occupation goal.
“It was a very good first goal from Brad Williams, who actually pounced on a rebound from a Matthew Gibbons shot that was just too good for the goalkeeper to handle. Brad, who was playing right-back, was in this wide-awake-club to gamble on the reversal to finish it nicely. What he was doing in this particular position so far forward is anyones guess, but i was all pleased that he was. And, it was indicative of the particular interchange and possession enjoy that was happening that the the particular right-sided defender should be there in order to tap the ball dwelling in the six-yard box,” Middleton remarked.
After taking a 1-0 lead into the escape, the Gusties saw some robust push back from the Cobbers in the second period. Concordia pushed the assault and created opportunities with four corner kicks, making money off one and braiding the game at one an article.
Despite the momentum shift, Gustavus uncovered a way to answer with its attacking leaders. Moving the golf ball downfield, Arthur Parens (Jr., Wayzata, Minn.) sent a shot this took a favorable deflection off some sort of Cobber defender into open place for an open Matt Gibbons in order to notch the game-winner and his initial collegiate goal.
“Not only a really pleasing team performance, but some outstanding individual displays,” stated Middleton. “Brad Williams was outstanding, Matt Murakami (Sr., Eden Prairie, Minn.) appeared to be top-class in midfield, a man-of-the-match performance. Standout displays in Dan Barnes (Junior., Lund, Sweden), Joe Brandel (So., St. Louis Park, Minn.) and Cody Billins (So., Farmington, Minn.). Together with, a real team performance with everyone contributing. An absorbing match, which was fun for the market.”
The Black and Gold get back to action with a non-conference match up coming Wednesday, hosting Viterbo University in 4 p.m.