Crusaders Use Strong Defensive Play In Tight Loss To Cougars

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RIVER FOREST, IL – The Concordia University Chicago Cougars managed to pull out a 2-1 victory over the women’s soccer team, which used a strong defensive effort to stifle the Cougar attack throughout the match on Monday evening.

Maranatha, coming off a 2-0 shutout win over Grace Bible College in which the Tigers had just four total shots, allowed just two goals on 21 total shots, 10 on net against a Cougars team that had won three in a row.

Sophomore goalkeeper Michala Marino (Grand Blanc, MI) was a key reason for the team’s solid defensive play, stopping eight out of the ten she faced, in 90 minutes of action, dropping to 5-4 on the season.

The Cougars scored at the 34th minute on a goal by Elizabeth Sanders but freshman forward Natascha Vinz (Cheboygan, MI) continued her hot-streak by evening the game at one apiece at the 55th minute of the game.

Vinz leads the team with 12 goals on the season, scoring at least two goals in four of the nine games she has played.

For the next 30 minutes, the game seemed to be headed to overtime, but at the 85th minute, Concordia’s Natalie Weinhold scored her fourth goal of the year to send the Crusaders to a 5-4 overall record.

Maranatha looks to build on their match against Concordia with an upcoming game against MSOE on Thursday, October 10 at 7:00 p.m.

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