Joe Brandel splits a pair of Johnnie defenders and which will fire a shot in the first one half. (photo by Roisen Granlund ’17)
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ST. PETER, Minn. C The Gustavus men’s baseball team’s three-game win streak within the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference had been snapped Wednesday at the Gustie Sports Field as it lost 1-0 to be able to Saint John’s University. The Gusties drop to 4-8-1 overall and 3-3-1 from the MIAC, while the Johnnies improve to 4-5-3 in general and 3-2-1 in the league.
The Gusties were forced to play with a disadvantage for just a majority of the match as they have been flagged for a red card while in the 19th minute. The foul took place in the box as Saint John’s had been attempting to break away for a purpose. The Johnnies received a penalty punch as a result and took benefits with what proved to be the game-winning purpose. Saint John’s outshot the Gusties 7-4 in the first 45 minutes and led 1-0 at halftime.
“Going down to ten men relatively early on in the game, and conceding on the subsequent penalty made the process very hard today,” Venture Coach Mike Middleton said. “We have such a big, wide pitch, and with that comes much more soil to cover. Our pitch is closer to ten yards broader than the last field most people played one C thats a great deal more space to deal with.”
The visitors edged the Gusties 6-5 in shots all over the second half and were able to wait for the shutout victory. Gustavus took more effective corner kicks compared to three by the Johnnies. Matt Bateman (So., Savage, Minn.) suffered the loss in goal after making four saves, two of that have been back-to-back in the 79th minute off an attempt and rebounded shot.
“The lads just about dominated the game after the charge incident,” Middleton said. “Saint John’s was content to try to get out of the adventure with the 1-0 win. We created several chances inside their box, and a number of dangerous accidents, but we were always going for being up against it. We needed something to fall our technique, and it was not our morning.
Gustavus next travels to Bethel (8-5-1, 2-3-1 MIAC) for just a 3:30 p.t. match Saturday.
“We now have to search forward to the next game, and try to make sure we are back on track,In Middleton said. “It’ll be difficult to replace Steve Anderson at the back, who has been an actual stalwart this latter part of the year. We’ll work on that afterwards this week