RIVER FOREST, IL – The men’s soccer team continued its trend of strong possession against its opponents, dictating play against Concordia Chicago, but several costly mistakes turned into a 3-1 win for the Cougars on Thursday afternoon, in River Forest, IL.
“We received very strong play from Wama, Todd Howard and Taylor Pill, and controlled possession for most of the game, but we made several costly mistakes and were punished for it,” stated head coach Jeff Pill.
In the first period, Maranatha held a 9-3 shot advantage, and had three straight scoring chances turned away with a save on a shot by senior defender Drew DeLozier (Watertown, WI) and two blocked shots by freshman forward Wira Wama (Papua New Guinea), who continued his aggressive play, in a span of two minutes.
Wama had another shot blocked at the 23rd minute and had his fourth shot of the period turned away by Concordia’s goalkeeper at the 36th minute. The game seemed to be headed towards a scoreless tie entering the 44th minute, but Cougar player, Michael Amezcua buried his third goal of the season after a missed clear by Maranatha’s defense, to give the home team a 1-0 lead right before the intermission.
Maranatha jumped out of the second period with shots from sophomore forward Tim Rogers (Willmar, MN) and Wama at the 48th and 58th minutes, but Concordia’s Adam Perolio hit the post at the 60th minute and five seconds later, Anthony Giammanco was awarded a penalty kick, which he converted for the 2-0 lead.
Concordia added their last goal of the game at the 67th minute for a 3-0 lead, but two minutes later, the Crusaders were rewarded for their strong play with a header goal by DeLozier off a corner kick by Wama at the 69th minute.
Sophomore goalkeeper Charles Leeds (Fond du lac, WI) took the loss in 90 minutes and the Crusaders dropped to 8-6 on the season.
The team concludes conference play in the NCCAA with a game on Saturday at home against Great Lakes Christian College at 1:00 p.m. Maranatha currently holds a 5-2 record against NCCAA opponents.