MLC Men Lose High Scoring Conference Opener
NEW ULM, Minn. - The MLC men's soccer team lost its UMAC opener to Northwestern by the score of 5-2 after a back-and-forth game that saw all seven goals scored in a less than 30 minutes of game action.
After a scoreless 37 minutes of play, the two teams combined to score four times in the final eight minutes of the first half. First-year player Jacob Zietlow scored his first career goal off a pass from Ryan Lemke to give the Knights a 1-0 lead, but the Eagles came back to with two gaols in the next three minutes to take the lead.
Not to be outdone, Lemke tied the game in the 41st minute, just 21 seconds after the Eagles had taken the lead. The Knights also had a goal disallowed on an offsides call with ten seconds to play in the half that would have given them the lead heading into the break.
The second half was a different story, with Northwestern jumping on the Knights with three goals in the first 20 minutes of play to take a commanding three-goal lead they it would not relinquish the rest of the way.
Eric Hahn allowed all five goals in net for the Knights, but also made 11 stops. The Eagles outshot MLC 26-10 overall, and had an 18-8 advantage in shots on goal.
With the loss, MLC dropped to 1-4 overall and 0-1 in the UMAC, while the Eagles improved to 12-2 on the season and 1-0 in conference play.
MLC will return to action tomorrow (Saturday, September 15) when it hosts North Central at Knight Field in a game starting at 2:30 p.m.