BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – After coming away on the losing end of a close game on Saturday at St. Ambrose, Midland University’s men’s soccer team channeled that emotion and turned it into a statement, upset win against a nationally-ranked opponent.
The Warriors dominated the pitch in Bourbonnais, Illinois on Labor Day and churned out a 7-0 upset win over the No. 19-ranked Olivet Nazarene University Tigers.
Midland managed 16 shots on Saturday afternoon versus St. Ambrose, but just one of those resulted in a goal. On Monday, the Warriors maximized their opportunities and turned 21 shots – 14 on goal – into seven goals. On the opposite side, the Warrior defense held the Tigers to just three total shots, none of which were on goal.
Three different Warriors registered two goals in the game, including junior Liam Brandso who started the scoring just two minutes into the game. Brandso’s early goal was assisted by junior Mario Bueso, but he added another unassisted goal in the 85th minute to cap off the Warriors’ spectacular performance.
Senior Robert Wiseman contributed a pair of goals of his own to the Midland route as he netted his first goal in the 24th minute and his second just before halftime in the 43rd minute. His second goal came on an assist from sophomore Eli Draves.
Sophomore Sebastian Osueke was the third Warrior to score a pair of goals with his first coming in the 33rd minute and his second in the 83rd minute. The latter of the two goals was assisted by junior Jezreel Mata. Bueso scored his only goal of the night in the 78th minute.
Without being tested because of stout defense in front of him, freshman keeper Mon Scheepers gets credited with his second win of the season without having to make a single save.
This game was huge for the Warriors and their confidence after squandering away so many chances on Saturday versus the Fighting Bees. Even though Midland took the loss Saturday, the Warriors have outshot their opponents 37-6 in the last two games. Should they keep up this wild pace, the Warriors will continue to give themselves chances to win games.
Midland (2-2) will have over a week to prepare for its next game, as they don’t take the pitch again until Wednesday, September 11, when they host Ottawa (0-2) at Heedum Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Fremont, Nebraska.