FREMONT, Neb. – This weekend, Midland University’s men’s soccer team took on a speedy Briar Cliff University team and fell to the Chargers 2-0. With the loss, the Warriors more to 9-7 overall, and 6-3 in Great Plains Athletic Conference play. BCU advances to 8-5-2 overall, and 5-2-1 in GPAC.
The first half was fairly even by both sides in the match. The Chargers put a few more shots on goal than the Warriors, but neither team could find the target. At the intermission, the two sides were level, 0-0.
In the second half, play started off poorly for the Warriors. On the first kickoff out of halftime, the Chargers’ Prichard Sibanda chipped the ball towards the goal in a last second effort to keep the ball inbounds and found the back of the net, putting Briar Cliff ahead, 1-0 in the 46th minute.
That would be BCU would need but the Chargers would add an insurance goal in the 83rd minute as Ben Jeffries was delivered a ball to his head that found the back of the net, bringing the final score on the night to 2-0.
“We have to give credit to Briar Cliff as I thought they outplayed us for the vast majority of the game,” head coach Raphael Martinez said after the game. “Unfortunately, we didn’t show up to play and you can’t do that in important conference games when each point is vital. Hopefully we take it as a learning experience and make changes to our mentality going into Wednesday’s game.”
Midland (9-7, 6-3 GPAC) will be for their final two regular season games, starting with a match against Concordia (8-4-3, 4-2-3 GPAC) on Wednesday, October 24th. The match is set for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff inside Midland’s Heedum Field, in Fremont.