|Mt.VernonNazarene U. (7-6-0, 2-2 CL)||0||1||1|
|U.of Saint Francis (4-9-0, 1-3 CL)||0||2||2|
|Ft. Wayne, IN @ USF|
|2||54:36||Sam Schlegel (U.of Saint Francis)|
|2||83:16||Micheal McLelland (U.of Saint Francis)|
|2||85:22||Joshua Alexander (Mt.VernonNazarene U.)|
|Mt.VernonNazarene U.||Indv. Leaders||U.of Saint Francis|
|#10 Joshua Alexander - 1||Goals||2 Players (#2,#30) - 1|
|#6 Matt Roldan - 1||Assists||2 Players (#00,#30) - 1|
|#11 Tim Kasparek - 4||Shots||#7 Tito Cuellar - 4|
|#1 Adam Miller - 2||Saves||#00 Braden Conn - 9|
|Mt.VernonNazarene U.||Team Statistics||U.of Saint Francis|
|14 (10)||Shots (on goal)||9 (4)|
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Mount Vernon Nazarene University men's soccer team traveled to play Crossroads League opponent Saint Francis on Wednesday, Oct. 11, falling by a 2-1 score.
The two teams entered the intermission scoreless, after a first half that in many ways was dictated by MVNU. The Cougars would come up empty however, as Saint Francis goalkeeper Braden Conn made multiple saves to keep MVNU off the scoreboard.
The hosts opened the scoring in the 55th minute on a right-footed strike from Sam Schlegel. The ball was built up the field by Conn and a pass from Micheal McLelland, and Schlegel made no mistake with a low, far-post shot that beat MVNU goalkeeper Adam Miller.
Saint Francis would extend their lead to 2-0 when McLelland broke loose, dribbling the ball with pace all the way from midfield, weaving around a few MVNU defenders before sneaking a low drive off the extended hands of Miller at the 83:16 mark.
MVNU would respond just over two minutes later with a score to trim its deficit to one. Joshua Alexander craftily flicked on a header off a free-kick from Matt Roldan, beating Conn to the ball from about 12 yards out.
As the Cougars frantically pushed forward to try and tie the game up, Breno Nascimento would have the best opportunity, but a shot from about 25 yards out sailed high.
MVNU outshot Saint Francis 15-9, and placed 10 shots on goal to just four for Saint Francis. The home side was able to capitalize on their opportunities however to pick up their first Crossroads League win.
MVNU (7-6-0, 2-2-0 CL) has now dropped its last two league contests, and will next take the field on Oct. 14 at Huntington (5-2-4, 1-0-2 CL). Kick-off between the Cougars and Foresters is 2 p.m.