WATERTOWN, Wis. – The Aurora Spartans were simply the better team on Saturday afternoon, outshooting the Crusaders 27-4, en route to a 4-1 victory.
Maranatha’s defense did hold Aurora scoreless for 30 minutes and received strong performances from defender Daniel Anderson (Roscoe, Ill.), and sophomore midfielder Michael Bagin (Richfield, Wis.), despite missing several starters.
The Spartans’ Victor Ramirez (Chicago, Ill.) scored the first goal at the 30 minute mark, and Aurora added two more to lead 3-0 at the half.
The Crusader’s defense cut Aurora’s shots down to nine from 18 in the first period, and held the Spartans to one goal.
The Crusader offense also had all of their shots in the second half, one of which turned into a goal for freshman forward Timothy Rogers (Willmar, Minn.), who punched in the rebound off sophomore midfielder Taylor Pill’s free kick.
Junior goalkeeper Kyle Kutz (Cambridge, Wis.) played 72 minutes, saving nine shots while allowing four goals before being replaced by junior Tyler Holley (Watertown, Wis.).
The Crusaders play Great Lakes on Monday, October 22 at 3:00 p.m. for an NCCAA play-in to determine the seeding for the NCCAAII Midwest Regional Tournament.
The Regional Tournament will be held in Watertown, Wis. with games starting at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, October 26, and finishing with the championship game at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.