No. 12 Loras moves on
Duhawks score once in each period to defeat Minn.-Morris
DUBUQUE, Iowa – The stay in the NCAA tournament came to an end Friday for the Minnesota-Morris men's soccer team, as they fell 2-0 in a hard fought and close match to host and 12th-ranked Loras College.
Loras (17-3-2) scored once early in each period for the win, taking advantage of their high scoring attack. After going down early however, Morris (11-5-4) was able to settle down and play even with the hosts, giving themselves their chances.
The Duhawks scored first at the 9:06 mark on a beautiful goal from Tom Flugel, as he hit the upper-90 from about 25 yards out, putting the ball in about the only spot that Cougar goalkeeper Tyler Weber could not reach.
Then at the 57:20 mark, the Duhawks went up 2-0, this time on a goal right in front of the net as Chris Comstock cleaned up a loose ball after a Weber save.
The Cougars entered the game with the eighth-best goals against average in the country, while the Duhawks countered with the fourth-best goal scoring offense. Something had to give, and unfortunately Loras was able to get their offense in gear just enough for the two scores.
Weber finished with seven total saves on the night, including several acrobatic stops to keep the game close. The Cougars were outshot 11-to-1 in the first half, before they came back to play even in the second with each team registering five shots.
Ebrima Badgie led the Cougars with four shots on the night – landing two on goal – but it seemed like more as he was constantly up top creating opportunities. Badgie nearly sent the Cougars into the break tied at 1-1, but is shot from top-center of the box was just wide of the net, leaving the Cougars scoreless.
Not about to give up, the Cougars kept the pressure on late in the game, hoping for, maybe, some of the same magic that brought them back from the same deficit in the UMAC Championship game. The Cougars continued to possess the ball down in the Duhawk end, but when they could get a shot off, it would fall right into the hands of the Loras keeper.
The loss is the first for the Cougars in nearly a month, and just the second since Sept. 23. Their season-long unbeaten streak is snapped at six, but for just the third time all season they allow more than one goal.