Adrian, Mich. - The Mount St Joseph Men's Soccer team took a road trip to Michigan this past weekend to compete in two games. On Saturday September, 28th they faced the Bulldogs of Adrian College and Sunday September, 29th they faced the Scots of Alma College. With two tough battles the Lions were unable to improve their record which now sits at 2-7.
Saturday 28th - Mount St. Joseph 0 Adrian College 2
Saturday's matchup with Adrian got off to a fast start with plenty of offense. Adrian was able to get a shot off via a header that was saved by Freshman Goalkeeper Gustavo Gutierrez (Montclair, Cali./Boone Co.). Both teams then exchanged shots back and forth. Heading into the 10th minute Senior Nathan Schmuesser (West Harrison, Ind./East Central) powered a shot that had hopes of finding the net but ended up hitting the crossbar and bouncing out. After more quality saves by Gutierrez the Bulldogs were able to find the net off a set piece from a free kick in the 38th minute. But it didn't take long for the Bulldogs to extend their lead as not even a minute had passed before they could find another ball in the box which was placed in the bottom left corner to extend their lead to 2-0. In the second half the Lions played stout defense but couldn't get the offense going and dropped the game 2-0.
Sunday 29th - Mount St. Joseph 1 Alma College 3
Sunday's matchup with Alma had plenty of offense to go around. Adrian got off to a fast start with a goal coming in the 2nd minute by Hebren Hein off a beautiful pass from Noah Canlas. Although there were no more goals in the first half the half was played with plenty of opportunities. The Lions got off 7 shots in the first half of play but none of them were able to find the back of the net. Going into the second half the Lions still had an opportunity to equalize the game. Both teams came out of halftime aggressive on the offensive side. Two minutes into the 2nd half the Scots were able to find the back of the net off of a Freshman goalkeeper Nathaniel Chambers (Cincinnati, Ohio/McNicholas) save that was deflected and tipped in. The Scots then played another ball into the box in the 53rd minute and Senior Kyle Farmer was able to beat Chambers one-on-one to extend their lead to 3-0. The Lions weren't done yet though as Junior Justin Ives (Florence, Ky./St. Henry) was fouled in the box and rewarded a penalty kick in the 68th minute. Ives was able to convert the penalty and trim the lead to 3-1. But that would be all for the Lions as they couldn't find the net for the remainder of the game ending with a 3-1 defeat.
The Lions head to Wabash on Tuesday, October 1st with kickoff beginning at 4:30PM. Continue to check out MSJSports.com for more updates on the Lions 2019 season.