Valparaiso Clips Men’s Soccer In Double Overtime, 3-2

first_imgThe two squads closed the half with 32 minutes of scoreless action as neither team mounted a serious offensive charge to force the extra periods. For its next match, Drake travels to Western Illinois for a midweek match on Sept. 20 with first kick in Macomb, Ill. set for 4 p.m. The momentum shifted in the second half with Valpo scoring its first goal in the 53rd minute when Rafael Mentzingen lofted a header past the Drake keeper off a pass from Adan Garcia for his third goal of the season. Five minutes later Garcia engineered another Crusader score when James Jordan floated his pass over the keeper’s head from 35 yards out. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s soccer team jumped out to a 2-0 lead but could not hold off visiting Valparaiso in a 3-2 loss in double overtime Saturday evening at Cownie Soccer Stadium. The three Valparaiso goals after intermission negated a strong offensive push to begin the match from the Bulldogs. Drake’s (1-6-0) attack got started early with Gabe Edel (Greenwood, Ind.) putting a shot on frame in the first four minutes and in the 21st minute another strong Drake effort was kicked off the endline by the Valpo defense to keep the match scoreless. Watch Live Live Stats at Western Illinois 9/20/2017 – 4 PM Valparaiso (3-2-1) scored twice in the first 15 minutes of the second half to force overtime. After a scoreless first overtime, the Crusaders’ Jonas Engler accepted a Chris Villalobos pass 32 yards out on the far sideline and floated it into the near corner of the net for the gamewinner.”Tonight was a tough result to take,” said Drake head coach Gareth Smith. “We were excellent in the first half and also solid in the second half, but we conceded two very soft goals that allowed Valpo back into the game.” Full Schedule Roster Next Game: However, the Bulldogs’ Leroy Enzugusi (Marion, Iowa) broke the stalemate in the 26th minute as he collected a deflected Valpo corner kick and took the ball nearly the length of the pitch before finessing it just past the right side of the keeper.  Eight minutes later, Nic Jaimes (Olathe, Kan.) gave the Bulldogs a 2-0 cushion off a brilliant offensive sequence.Antonio Sanchez (Iowa City, Iowa) threaded a ball through the Valpo midfield that was redirected by Ryan Merideth(East Moline, Ill.) to a waiting James on the far post. Jaimes finished off the play with a delicate touch into the net.”I was pleased with our attacking performance as we generated a number of chances and really should have made it 3-0,” Smith said. “However, we need to stop conceding basic goals defensively at an individual level. There is lots of positive to take from the game, but just disappointed we didn’t turn it into a result.” Preview  Print Friendly Versionlast_img