FREMONT, Neb. – The Midland University Men’s Soccer team bounced back in emphatic form, with a 4-0 win Saturday afternoon against Ottawa University. The Warriors move to 2-2 on the year, while the Braves travel 2-1-1 in their 2018 campaign.
At the end of the first half, the score was 0-0. The Warriors had nine shots, four of which were on target compared to the Braves five shots, three of which were on target. Neither team could find the back of the net in the first 45 minutes of action. Midland had numerous chances in the half with set pieces. They earned seven corner kicks but not being able to capitalize on any of the opportunities.
In the second half of the contest, they caught fire with four goals. The first came less than five minutes into the half as the Braves went down a man, with a foul in the 18-yard box giving the Warriors a penalty kick. Captain James Kilburn stepped to the spot, and delivered the first goal of the match, making the score 1-0.
In the 66th minute, Thomas Crawford got on the score sheet with his first goal on the season, putting the Midland up 2-0. Then in the 73rd minute of the match, Robert Wiseman added another score with a tap-in goal. James Kilburn put the icing on the victory in the 83rd minute as he delivered a beautiful curling free kick up and around the Braves wall, catching the keeper to his near post.
Goalie Shazz Heale and the defense earn their first shut out of the season, holding the Braves to six shots, four coming on target, and allowing just four corner kicks. The Warriors will look to keep this momentum heading into next week when they travel to Des Moines, Iowa to take on Grand View University (1-2). The Vikings are coming off a 1-0 win over Briar Cliff on the weekend, and edge out the Warriors in the two schools previous meetings, 1-2. Midland will play the Vikings at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday at James W. Cownie Soccer Complex.