ARDEN HILLS, Minn. C The Gustavus men’s team defeated Bethel University 2-0 Saturday, boosting to 5-8-1 overall and 4-3-1 while in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
“This was really a game that questioned the actual players’ courage and commitment, each and every tackle and every header,In said Head Coach Robert Middleton. “It was a fiercely fought sweepstakes on a very difficult surface to experiment with silky smooth football. This is the kind of performance was supposed to be about grinding out a result.”
The Gusties acquired a two-goal performance from Matt Murakami (Jr., Eden Prairie, Minn.). His first mission came right away in the next minute on an assist from Cody Billins (Fy., Farmington, Minn.). The second goal came in any 73rd minute on an assist by Matt Ouren (So., North Mankato, Minn.).
“The very first goal was from a wonderful ball into the box for a free-kick from Matt Ouren,” Middleton reported. “It was a situation we had labored on, and Matt’s delivery was what the doctor ordered. Cody Billins fought to receive first to the ball. In the ensuing melee Cody was aware sufficient to put Matt Murakami in with a bit one-yard side-foot pass. Matt provided a peaceful, well-taken finish.
“The second goal originated in a wide position on the available Matt Ouren picking up the baseball, then attacked the goal-line. He / she was aware enough to help dribble in towards goal for you to exclude the goalkeeper, prior to providing the cut-ball back for Matthew Murakami. Matt Murakami was once again there to complete the move, that has a lovely first-touch to control he complete, then swiveling to play the actual ball with his second feel past their ‘keeper. A nice splint for Matt M. today, and very well-deserved.”
Bethel outshot Gustavus 14-8 but goalkeeper Matt Bateman (So., Savage, Minn.) was on his game recording some saves for his fourth shutout of the season.
“Starting a team with no senior citizens and only two juniors was a tiny concern. This game was about the three points, and required some sort of gutsy, courageous performance. But you don’t need to worry; the young lads were up for the struggle, showing they can battle, little bit and fight with anybody. Not much chance to showcase their particular silky football today, which can be their forte normally. Thus, I was very proud of each of them, they showed real braveness,” said Middleton.