FREMONT, Neb. – The Midland University men’s soccer team rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the second half against Cardinal Stritch on Saturday to force overtime and remain undefeated.
Dan Wheeler netted the game-winner for Midland with five seconds left in the overtime period at Heedum Field.
The Warriors (5-0-1) are off to their best start in nearly a decade when the 2007 team started the season 6-0.
“This was an unbelievable comeback win,” said head coach Raphael Martinez. “I couldn’t be more proud of this team. The unity, pride and commitment we showed in the second half was remarkable. We never gave up and were ultimately rewarded for battling until the very end.”
Cardinal Stritch’s Scott Evans was a one-man wrecking crew on Saturday, scoring both goals for the Wolves. He gave the visiting team a 1-0 lead midway through the first half and padded Midland’s deficit to 2-0 with a second goal after halftime.
The Warriors slashed the Wolves’ lead in half in the 68th minute of play whenTom Sibbald assisted on Cesar Cullar’s goal. Robert Wiseman then tied the game at 2-2 with an unassisted score 10 minutes later.
Wheeler went on to deliver the game winner with only five seconds left in overtime for Midland.
Cesar Valverde recorded six saves in the winning effort. Cardinal Stritch owned a 16-12 shot advantage while each team put eight shots on target.
The Warriors face a tough test on Wednesday when they return to action against No. 17 Bellevue University. Game time is schedule for 8 p.m. at Bellevue West High School.
FREMONT, Neb. – Midland University women’s soccer scored a trio of first half goals en route to a 4-1 win over Cardinal Stritch on Saturday at Heedum Field.Nayeli Rodriguez scored twice, increasing her goal total to eight this season.
“We had another great start to this game, and I liked how the team bounced back after a tough loss last time out,” said head coach Greg Jarosik. “Nayeli, PT [Perez] and Kaitlyn [D’Arcangeli] continue to prove they will be a tough trio to defend against this season.”
Rodriguez wasted little time breaking the scoring seal, netting an unassisted goal just four minutes after kick off. Kaitlyn D’Arcangeli gave the Warriors a 2-0 lead off an assist from PT Perez and Rodriguez proceeded to stretch the advantage to 3-0 on another unassisted score.
Cardinal Stritch cut its deficit to 3-1 early in the second half where the score remained until Midland’s rookie duo hooked up in the 80th minute. Rodriguez capped her five-point game with an assist for Perez to account for the final goal of the day.
The Warriors owned a 15-12 shot advantage in the contest, while putting eight on goal while the Wolves recorded nine shots on target.
Jordan Thiem was solid in goal for Midland, recording eight saves in the win.
Midland improves to 4-2 on the season and Cardinal Stritch falls to 1-2.
The Warriors continue non-conference action on Tuesday when they travel to Grace University. Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Omaha, Nebraska.