Warriors Soccer Drop Heartbreaker to Jamestown on Homecoming Weekend

FREMONT, Neb. – Midland University’s men’s soccer took on the University of Jamestown on a cold Saturday night as part of Midland’s Homecoming festivities. Playing in the fourth overtime game of the day in Fremont, it was the visiting Jimmies that came away with the three points as they defeated the Warriors 2-1 in one overtime period. Jamestown moves to 3-5-1 (2-2 GPAC) on the year, while Midland drops to 5-5 (3-1 GPAC). The loss was the Warriors first in Great Plains Athletics Conference play and the two goals were the first allowed in GPAC play too.

After a scoreless first half by both sides, the Warriors got on the board first in the 51st minute as Robert Wiseman let off a left-footed rocket of a shot over the Jimmies goalie from 25 yards out, to put the Warriors up 1-0. Unfortunately, this would be the only goal for the Warriors in the game in the contest.

Twenty minutes later the Jimmies leveled the score when a deflected shot found the foot of Eric Fairtlough inside the 6-yard box. With the score 1-1 at the end of regulation, the two teams would go into overtime looking the golden goal winner. With the time expiring in the first overtime, it was the Jimmies who found the back of the new with one second on the clock, ending the game with a 2-1 victory.

When asked about the tough loss, head coach Raphael Martinez said, “We have nobody to blame but ourselves for this loss. I felt the referees made a mistake, but poor defending cost us the game. We have a midweek nonconference game where I think we must give other players an opportunity, and we could potentially move players to different positions so that we can stop conceding goals.”

Midland (5-5) will look to rebound this week as they travel to Kansas City, Missouri to take on Lindenwood University-Belleville (7-2) in a neutral site matchup. This is the second year these two teams will meet up for this contest, last year the Warriors won 1-0 in overtime. This year’s match will take place at Rockhurst University with a 1:00 p.m. start on Wednesday, October 3rd.

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