MILWAUKEE - After falling behind 2-0 early in the second half, the Wisconsin Lutheran College men's soccer team fought to within a goal but fell just short in a 2-1 loss to Edgewood Wednesday at Warrior Field.
A scoreless first half was the result of an evenly-played game, with each team taking four shots apiece.
The Eagles (8-4-2, 4-2-1 NACC) struck early in the second half, scoring two goals in less than two minutes. Stephen Gilbert got on the end of a cross from Andrew Aurit and headed it in from the right side of the goal to put Edgewood in front in the 52nd minute. Aurit scored the next goal from close range in the middle of the box in the 54th minute to make it 2-0.
The Warriors (5-6-3, 2-3-1 NACC) refused to fold, however, as Nate Wasser (Lake Geneva, Wis./Shoreland Lutheran) headed in a corner kick from Austin Drake (East Troy, Wis./East Troy) in the 62nd minute to cut the lead down to 2-1. It was Wasser's team-leading ninth goal of the season, which ranks third in the NACC.
The remainder of the game saw the Warriors in all-out attack mode, as they out-shot the Eagles 11-4 in the second half and took the final 11 shots of the game. Despite several great chances, WLC was unable to score the tying goal. Drake led the Warriors with four shots.
Matt Dammen made four saves in the game to help Edgewood hold on for the victory. Warriors goalkeepr Jon Stewart (Waukesha, Wis./South) did not record a save, as Edgewood scored on both of its shots on goal.
Wisconsin Lutheran returns to action with a NACC game at Concordia Chicago (4-10-0, 1-5-0 NACC) Sunday at 12:30 p.m.