DAVENPORT, Iowa – Midland University’s men’s soccer team couldn’t take advantage of scoring chances on Saturday night and fell to St. Ambrose University on Saturday night. The Warriors totaled 10 shots but only found the back of the net once against the Fighting Bees, leading to a 2-1 loss.
Midland had three early shots at the goal to start the game but couldn’t capitalize. Senior Robert Wiseman had a pair of chances come close, with one shot hitting the post, while junior Jared Money also had one shot get saved.
Not long after those chances, the Fighting Bees got their first look at the goal and took advantage as Spencer Pyle got past the defense and got behind Midland keeper Matthew Ricci to put St. Ambrose ahead 1-0 in the 18th minute.
The game remained scoreless until nine minutes into the second half as Midland finally broke through when junior Mario Bueso found the goal with a header in the 54th minute. The cross from Money gave Bueso the opportunity and tied the game at 1-1.
The tie didn’t last long as St. Ambrose scored just two minutes later as Alex Garcia-Chagolla took advantage of a botched play by the Midland defensive front, giving the Bees another lead that would stand through the end of the game.
Midland had other chances later in the game, but again couldn’t capitalize. St. Ambrose keeper Lewis Moston saved a pair of shots in the final seven minutes of the game to preserve the win.
In total, Moston tallied nine saves in a solid winning performance. Midland sent 16 shots at the goal but only connected on one. On the flip side, the Bees found the net twice on just three total shots in 90 minutes. The Warriors also had six corner kick opportunities compared to zero for St. Ambrose.
Despite the loss, the Warriors managed to keep SAU away from the goal for the most part and, in turn, created opportunities for themselves. Saturday, however, was just a day where the ball didn’t bounce in their favor.
Midland (1-2) continue their trip on Monday and will look to turn their luck around when they take on No. 19 Olivet Nazarene (1-0-1). Kickoff in Bourbonnais, Illinois is set for 12:00 p.m.