Men's Soccer Stunned In OT Loss To Bearcats

Photo Credit: Len Cederholm
Photo Credit: Len Cederholm

SALEM, Ore. (WLCSports.com) - The Wisconsin Lutheran College men's soccer team held a 3-0 advantage early in the second half, but surrendered four unanswered goals as the Warriors fell to the Willamette Bearcats 4-3 in overtime Sunday afternoon at Sparks Field.

THE BASICS

  • Final Score: Willamette 4, Wisconsin Lutheran 3 (OT)
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (1-3-0), Willamette (3-1-1)
  • Location: Sparks Field, Salem, Ore.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Warriors attacked early in the first half, with Victor Ramirez (Milwaukee, Wis.) and Noah Hernandez (Glendale, Wis.) registering back-to-back shots on goal in the 6'.
  • Jason Cano (Delavan, Wis.) put the visitors on the board just before halftime, taking a cross from Juan Serna (Milwaukee, Wis.) and beating the keeper to the lower left side of the goal from 15 yards out.
  • Willamette attempted 21 shots in the first half, but none of the shots were on frame.
  • Alex Rivera (Milwaukee, Wis.) doubled the Warriors' lead in the 47' when he stole the ball from the keeper 30 yards outside of the goal, then scored in an empty net.
  • Cano added his second goal of the game and fourth of the season when he converted a penalty kick in the 59'.
  • The hosts got a goal back in the 70' when Nicholas Ballenger headed home a cross into the upper right corner of the goal.
  • Willamette found the back of the net again in the 77' after Tam Proctor headed in a ball off of a throw-in from Joe Plaster.
  • Max Berner-Hays tied the contest at 3-3 in the 78' on a header from six yards out off a long pass.
  • Willamette nearly found the back of the net with 0:12 seconds remaining, but Erek Lehnen (Fort Myers, Fla.) stepped up and made the save, sending the contest to overtime.
  • WU scored their fourth unanswered goal in the 99' when Yuki Onishi headed home a corner from four yards out, giving the Bearcats the comeback win in the golden goal overtime period.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Cano paced the Warriors offense with five shots, including three shots on goal, finding the back of the net twice.
  • Mario Caldwell (Milwaukee, Wis.) and Hernandez each tallied two shots, while Serna registered an assist.
  • Lehnen was tested early and often in net, making 12 saves while facing 41 shots in 99 minutes of action.
  • Today's matchup was the first all-time against Willamette, which qualified for the NCAA Tournament a season ago. 

FOR THE FOES

  • Four different Bearcats scored in the contest, while Berner-Hays scored a goal and registered an assist.
  • Quinn Mello-Bastida dished out two assists for the hosts.
  • Mason Kelliher earned the win in goal for WU, making one save in 40 minutes.
  • The hosts totaled 41 shots, with 18 of those shots on being on target and held a 16-6 advantage in corner kicks.

UP NEXT

  • The Warriors enjoy a week off before returning home Saturday afternoon, hosting Olivet in the Warrior Cup. The Comets (1-4-0) fell to Wittenburg Sunday, 2-1. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Live stats and video will be available at WLCSports.com.