WATERTOWN, WI – Maranatha, fared well on a two-game road trip with a close 3-1 loss to the defending NCCAAII National Champions, Moody Bible on Friday and followed up with a 4-0 shutout of Kuyper College on Saturday afternoon.
In the game against Moody, the teams remained deadlocked at 0-0 at the half. Moody’s Dalton Rust scored at the 59th minute, but on a direct kick by junior midfielder Taylor Pill (Watertown, WI), sophomore forward Tim Rogers (Willmar, MN) punched in the rebound to even the score at one apiece.
The tie would last no longer than three minutes as Rust would score on a penalty kick then the Archers added a goal at 43 seconds left in the game.
Coach Pill stated, “It was a very hard fought and intensive game. It shows that we are competing with the number one team in the country and have made considerable improvements since our game against Northland.”
Maranatha held an advantage in shots, 17-16 and freshman goalkeeper Alexander Kornivsky (Charlotte, N.C.) had five saves.
Against Kuyper, freshman keeper Charles Leeds (Fond du lac, WI) got the nod to start and posted a shutout.
Freshman forward Wira Wama (Papua New Guinea) kicked things off with a goal at the 19th minute, then senior defender Drew DeLozier (Watertown, WI) scored off a corner kick at the 60th minute, with the assist from Pill.
Senior midfielder Brian Lundquist (Reading, MA) had the next goal on a penalty kick at the 62nd minute and added the team’s last goal as well on a direct kick at the 83rd minute.
“We had patience and really executed against a feisty, organized Kuyper team. It was good to get a result after an emotional game against Moody and we’re still making progress so I’m pleased,” stated head coach Jeff Pill.