MLC Men Fall 1-0 to NCU
NEW ULM, Minn. - The Martin Luther College men's soccer team was unable to take advantage of a number of strong scoring opportunities in a 1-0 loss to North Central Friday.
The Knights outshot the Rams 29-16 overall and 14-7 on goal, but weren't able to get anything past the NCU defense or goalkeeper Nathan Kraines.
The turning point of the game happened just 33 seconds before the end of the first half, when Kraines stopped a Ryan Lemke penalty shot attempt, and the Rams countered with a goal off a deflection outside the box just 18 seconds later (with 15 seconds to play in the half).
MLC had a number of other strong chances in the box, but the Rams did a solid job of blocking the Knights' shot attempts, and Kraines stopped all 14 shots that made their way on goal.
Eric Hahn stopped six of the seven shots he faced in goal for MLC, while Ryan Lemke attempted eight shots to lead both teams.
MLC fell to 4-12 on the season and 3-8 in league play in defeat, while NCU improved to 2-10-2 overall and 1-9-1 in UMAC play.
The Knights will return to action tomorrow (Saturday, October 26) when they host Northwestern in a game scheduled to start at 2:15 p.m.