Nov. 13, 2009

Courtesy of Wartburg

Wheaton, Ill. - The Wartburg College men's soccer team defeated University of Chicago 2-1 in the First Round of the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Tournament on Friday night.

The Knights improved to 16-4-1 overall while the Maroons ended their season at 12-4-3. Wartburg will play either Wheaton College or Calvin College at 6:00 PM on Saturday.

Both teams came out fast on offense as Wartburg struck first at 2:01 into the match. Nate Hedrington headed in a goal with an assist from Kyle McKenna.

Chicago struck right back at 9:51 on a counter-rush. Alex Clifford streaked down the right side and sent a cross to the middle of the goalie box, where Kenzo Manners skipped over the ball and swung with his back heel to put the ball into the left side net.

The score stayed knotted at 1-1 until the second half at the 61:51 mark. Brandon Cook hurdled a prone defender at the top of the attack formation, gathered the deflected ball and rushed into the box one-on-one with the goalie. Cook put the ball past on the right side to give Wartburg a 2-1 lead. Nate Gottsacker picked up the assist.

Chicago outshout Wartburg 18-7 in the game with a 10-3 advantage in corner kicks. The game featured 44 combined fouls and four yellow cards.

Trent Michael picked up the win in goal with four saves and one goal allowed. Chris Giusto took the loss, making four saves with two goals allowed.