ABERDEEN, S.D (MidlandAthletics.com) MEN – Midland University’s men’s soccer team traveled to South Dakota to take on Presentation College on a Saturday afternoon. The Warriors won a low-scoring match against the Saints 1-0, getting the game-winner in the second half. With the result, Midland improves its record to 5-0-2 overall and 1-0-1 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC).
The first half of the contest was a constant battle between the Warriors and Saints. The Warriors had a slight edge in shot attempts (5) over the Saints (4). After many goal attempts, the ball didn’t reach the back of the net for either team in the first half as they both remained scoreless.
Midland was eager to break the scoreless game as they dominated in possession of the ball. Off a corner kick, the ball found the feet of Patrick Long in the 75th minute for the eventual game-winning goal. The Warriors held on to their 1-0 lead, keeping the Saints from scoring to take home another win.
Marco Moresco played full time in goal for the clean sheet victory. He had 4 saves, bringing his season total to 18.
ABERDEEN, S.D (MidlandAthletics.com) WOMEN – Midland University’s women’s soccer team continued their road trip with another Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) match at Presentation College on Saturday afternoon. The Warriors were up a goal for the majority of the game until the Saints scored with only seconds on the clock, tying the match 1-1, to force a draw. Midland’s record moves to 2-3-2 overall and 0-1-1 in the GPAC while Presentation remains unbeaten at 4-0-2 and 1-0-1 in conference play.
The Warriors started off aggressive at the beginning of the match but things settled down until the 35th minute when Claudia Wilson found Ashley Atkinson for a MU goal. Wilson took a free kick from just outside the box, Atkinson collected the ball and put it in the back of the net for her second goal of the season.
Both offenses were held in check for the most part in the first 45 minutes. They were physical in their defensive strategies as they combined for 18 fouls. Midland was whistled for a dozen in the first period.
After the break, the offenses had their chances but couldn’t seem to finish in the attacking third as the foul count and physicality continued between the two sides. Tensions boiled over in the 72nd minute as three red cards were handed, leaving the Warriors a player down the final 18:44.
This led to the Saints’ offense getting more chances. They had three shots in the final four minutes alone. Marissa Gaytan score the tying goal with 18 seconds left in the match.
Presentation held a 13-10 edge in shots while Midland was whistled for 9 more fouls (23-14). Hannah Tillison ended her day with nine saves, bringing her total season total to 32.