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Midland men’s soccer loses for first time | KTIC Radio

Midland men’s soccer loses for first time

Midland men’s soccer loses for first time

BELLEVUE, Neb. – The Midland University men’s soccer team endured its first setback of the 2016 campaign, falling to No. 17 Bellevue University, 1-0. The Warriors entered Wednesday’s tilt off to their best start in nearly a decade.

“This just wasn’t our day,” said head coach Raphael Martinez. “Bellevue was first to the ball, the bounces went their way and we missed on our scoring opportunities. Every good team has its bad games, and today was just that for us. We will learn from our mistakes and begin to prepare for our next opponent.”

After a scoreless first half, the lone goal of the contest came in the 50th minute for the Bruins on a penalty kick. Bellevue’s Daniel Coupland netted the game-winner to lift the Bruins’ record to 3-4-2 on the season.

Midland owned a 17-9 shot advantage on the night and also led in shots on goal (7-6), but was shut out for the first time this season. It was also the first time Bellevue blanked an opponent this year.

Filling in for injured keeper, Cesar Valverde, Shazz Heale was solid in goal for Midland. The Warriors’ 2014 starter in net recorded five saves in the losing effort.

The loss takes Midland’s record to 5-1-1 this season.

The Warriors are closing in on the conclusion of their non-conference schedule and will host Friends University in Fremont on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at Heedum Field.

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