FREMONT, Neb. – The Midland University men’s soccer team opened its 2018 campaign with a 4-1 victory over the McPherson Bulldogs on Saturday evening at Heedum field. The four goals scored in the season opener is the highest mark for the Warriors in the previous five years.
After a slow start for both teams, the Bulldogs got on the board first when Sadam Ali scored in the 30th minute. That goal would prove to be the only time the Bulldogs found the back of the net in the contest.
Less than five minutes later the Warriors the answered back with a heading goal from Robert Wiseman, off a cross from James Kilburn. Wiseman scored again in 36th minute to put the Warriors up 2-1.
After the intermission, it took just 20 seconds for the Warriors first scoring opportunity. Captain James Kilburn was taken down in the box in the opening minute. He would step to the 12 yard mark and capitalize on a penalty kick conceded by the Bulldogs, putting the game out of reach with Midland up 3-1.
The final goal of the game came when Antonio Hernandez found the back of the net with a chip over the keeper from inside the 18 yard box in the 62nd minute.
Goalie, Shazz Heale, and the Warriors defense was impressive as well, allowing just four shots total, two of which were on goal, and only allowed one corner kick to the Bulldogs. The Warriors attack had 13 shots on the game, with six of those on target and six corner kicks.
Midland (1-0) will be back in action at home on Wednesday August 29 at 7:30 p.m., when they take on Graceland University at Heedum Field in Fremont.