ORANGE CITY, Iowa – Midland University’s men’s soccer team took to the road to take on (RV) Northwestern College inside NWC Soccer complex this weekend. The Warriors defeated the Red Raiders 3-0 to move to 7-5 overall on the year and 4-1 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. The Red Raiders fall to 7-4-2 and 3-1-2 in conference play. This is the second consecutive shut out the Warriors have conjured this week and is Midland’s sixth straight win over the Red Raiders.
In the first half of play both teams were feeling each other out with only five total shots by both sides. One corner and one save by the Red Raiders highlighted the first half of the match.
The second half, the Warriors found a huge surge that found them three goals for the half. The first goal didn’t come till the 70th minute of the match when Robert Wiseman found the back of the net to put the Warriors up 1-0. He would score once more in the match when Daniel McBriarty found him five minutes later to lift the tally to 2-0 in favor of the Warriors.
The final goal on the day came from freshman Sebastian Osueke, scoring his second goal in two matches, off an assist from James Kilburn in the final minute of the contest.
Jack Hughes was in goal for Midland and earned the shutout with the aid of the Warriors’ defense. They allowed just six shots in the match with Hughes only challenged once. He made the stop to keep the clean sheet on the night. Midland has six shutout on the season. That is one more than the team had all last year in their 2017 campaign.
Head Coach Raphael Martinez was pleased with the result, saying, “Tonight is a performance we can be very proud of. We were patient, disciplined, and clinical in front of goal. Before the game, I told them they would need to play fearless and give everything in order to get the three points, and each one of them did that.”
Midland (7-5, 4-1 GPAC) will look to keep the momentum going as they return home to take on the Morningside (8-3-1, 6-0 GPAC) on Wednesday, October 10th in Fremont, Nebraska. First kick is slated for 7:30 p.m. at Heedum Field.