The Mount Vernon Nazarene University men’s soccer team picked up a crucial Crossroads League victory at Huntington University 2-0 on Wednesday afternoon. The Cougars notched both goals in the second half to secure the positive decision.
“Today was the closest we played to a full 90 minutes all season,” said MVNU Head Coach Andrew Belleman. “It was a very good team performance. We showed a lot of patience and eventually were able to break through.”
MVNU (5-3-3, 1-0-1 Crossroads League) had a balanced offensive attack in the first half that featured shots from Thorben Glusing (FR/Hamburg, Germany), Javier Cruz (SR/SaSalvador, El Salvador ), Taylor Dyson (JR/Dublin, Ohio), Joshua Alexander (SO/Springboro, Ohio), and Landon Hardwick (FR/Dallas, Texas). The Cougars recorded several attempts, but couldn’t land anything in the net. Huntington goalkeeper Troy Hester recorded one of his three saves in the first half.
Lucas Lengacher paced the offensive charge for Huntington (5-5-1, 0-2-0 Crossroads League) in the first half by recording a pair of shots. Joey Newbery and Isaac Wust also had looks at the net but couldn’t score a tough Cougar defense. MVNU goalkeeper Adam Miller (SO/Galena, Ohio) wasn’t forced to make a save in the first half as all of Huntington’s shots went wide.
MVNU broke the scoreless tie in the 67th minute when Javier Cruz struck first for the Cougars. He dribbled through the Huntington defense to put MVNU up 1-0 on his first goal of the season. Cruz ended up recording three shots on the day.
Thorben Glusing added a big insurance goal when he slipped a perfectly placed free kick to score on Hester in the 87th minute to put the game away. The goal was Glusing’s fourth on the year as he helped MVNU improve to 5-3-3 on the year.
Tyson Kalishchuk led Huntington in the second half with two shots but couldn’t capitalize for a score. Ty Sproat Lengacher, and Newbery also recorded shots in the second half but were unsuccessful as Huntington struggled to get anything going.
Glusing and Cruz each had three shot to guide MVNU’s offense. The Cougars out-shot Huntington 13-9 while both teams attempted two corner kicks.
“Every game in this league is tough and especially on the road so it is a big win for us, now we need to get ready for another tough road game at spring Arbor,” Belleman added.
The Cougars will be back in action Saturday when they travel to take on Spring Arbor University in another Crossroads League contest. The kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.