SIOUX CENTER, Iowa – Midland University’s men’s soccer team capped off its 2019 regular season on Saturday afternoon with a win to lock the team into the Great Plains Athletic Conference Postseason Tournament as the No. 2 seed.
The (RV) Warriors (13-3-2 overall, 9-1-1 GPAC) defeated Dordt University (3-12-3 overall, 1-8-2 GPAC by a final score of 3-2 to give them home-field advantage for the first two rounds of the GPAC Tournament.
“We are happy to come away with the three points,” said head coach Raphael Martinez after the match. “We have a few players out with injuries and had to shuffle some players around, as well as give guys heavy minutes off the bench. With that being said, I think our quality in depth has helped up adapt to each opponent we’ve faced. Six straight wins to end conference shows that guys have stepped up when given the opportunity.”
Despite outshooting the Defenders by a wide 30-5 margin, the Warriors actually had to play from behind late in the first half after Zach Froehlich scored in the 36th minute to give Dordt a 1-0 lead.
In the final minute of the half, the Warriors got an equalizer from sophomore Sebastian Osueke as his header found the back of the net off of a pass from senior James Kilburn to tie the game at 1-1 with just 15 seconds remaining in the half.
Osueke’s goal was his fifth of the year, but more importantly, it opened up the floodgates for the Warrior offense. Midland came back out for the second half and quickly scored a pair of goals in under four minutes to take a quick 3-1 lead.
In the 47th minute, senior Robert Wiseman scored his eighth goal of the season to put Midland up 2-1. In the 49th minute, Wiseman assisted on a goal for freshman Mike Eijgendaal, his 12th of the season, to make the score 3-1.
Wiseman’s points were the first for the senior in Midland’s last seven matches, while Eijgendaal’s goal gives him at least one goal in each of the last five contests.
The Warriors held the Defenders scoreless for nearly 45 minutes in the second half, but surrendered a goal late as Patrick Munsey scored with 13 seconds left in the match to make the final score a 3-2 win for Midland.
After being picked to finish fifth in the GPAC regular season and starting the season just 4-3 after a loss to Briar Cliff, the Warriors finished the year on an 11-game unbeaten streak to finish second in the conference standings.
As the No. 2 seed in the upcoming GPAC Tournament, the Warriors are set to host the opening-round match on Wednesday, November 2, versus the tournament’s No. 7-seed, the Jamestown Jimmies (7-8-2 overall, 4-5-2 GPAC). Midland defeated Jamestown on the road 2-1 in overtime on October 19.
Kickoff for the GPAC Tournament Quarterfinal match at Heedum Field is t for 7:00 p.m.