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The men's soccer team returned to action today in South Bend, Ind. against Holy Cross College. The Saints got on the scoreboard first in the 29th minute of play to go up 1-0. Cornerstone responded in the 42nd minute on an unassisted goal by Sophomore Gareth Flynn to tie the game at 1-1 just before the half. The Saints outshot the Golden Eagles 12-7 in the first half of play. Holy Cross recaptured the lead in the 57th minute and went up 3-1 in the 69th minute of play on a free kick. Cornerstone made a game of it in the 87th minute on a free kick by Kevin Nimmo for his first goal of the season. The Golden Eagles couldn't come up with another and lost 3-2. The Golden Eagles drop to 0-5 on the season with all the games being 1 goal losses and three of them coming in overtime. Cornerstone will return to action on Wednesday when they host St. Xavier (Ill.) at 7:00 p.m.
The men's soccer team went back into action today on a rainy night. Cornerstone (0-3) with two losses in OT so far this season took on (5-0) Spring Arbor. The teams battled back and forth for most of the game but most of the game was played between the penalty boxes and neither team created a lot of good scoring chances. Both teams end the game with 8 shots each. Spring Arbor did have 3 shot on goal to Cornerstone's 1 in regulation. The Cougars had a 7-2 advantage on Corner Kicks in the game. Spring Arbor won the game with 5:44 into the 1st OT on a ball that was played into the box and didn't get cleared out. Michael Caccavo was in the right place at the right time to finish a deflected ball into the Golden Eagles net. Cornerstone has now lost 3 heartbreakers in OT this season. Cornerstone will return to action this Saturday when they travel to South Bend to take on Holy Cross (Ind.)
The men's soccer team returned to action in Iowa today and they lost a heartbreaker to Northwestern by giving up a goal just .12 seconds into the first overtime. The Red Raiders opened the scoring in the 10th minute of play to take a 1-0 lead. Freshman Casey Zimmerman scored his first goal of his career in the 31st minute on an unassisted goal to tie the game at 1-1. The two teams traded Penalty Kick goals in the 36th and 37th minutes for a 2-2 game. Tristan Esprit scored the penalty for the Golden Eagles. The game remained tied through the remainder of the game and went to overtime where the Red Raiders wasted little time and scored at 9:48 on the clock for the 3-2 win. Cornerstone drops to 0-3 on the season. The Golden Eagles will return to action on Wednesday when they play their first home game of the season against Spring Arbor at 7:00 p.m.
The men's soccer team made the long trip over to Sioux City, Iowa to take on Morningside College today at noon. The first half was played pretty evenly by both teams. The Golden Eagles outshot the Mustangs 4-3 in the first half of play. Cornerstone turned up the pressure in the second half and outshot Morningside 10-3 but the Mustangs are the only team to find the back of the net. Forrest Maxon scored the game winner in the 55th minute of play. Cornerstone will return the action on Saturday when they take on Northwestern College at 6:00 p.m.
The men's soccer team traveled to Hammond, IN to open their 2014 season against the Peregrines of Purdue University Calumet. Despite goals from Mario Williams (16th minute) and Garrett Nimmo (81st minute), the team lost it's season opener to Purdue university Calumet 3-2 in overtime. "We played really well for the first 20 minutes of the 1st half. We pressured well and created some good chances", said Head Coach Mark Bell. In the 16th minute, Tristan Esprit served up a great ball and Mario Williams headed it in for the goal and the 1-0 lead. "We had a couple of really good chances after that but just couldn't find the back of the net." The Golden Eagles went in to halftime with a 1-0 lead.
The second half was a different story. "We started off the 2nd half extremely slow and never really recovered. The Peregrines fought back and took control of the game. Sophomore GK Nick Hopkins kept the Peregrines off the board to start the 2nd half with a beautiful save on a pk. Nick finished the game with 2 saves.
"We really struggled in the back today and just didn't have the leadership we needed back there." The Peregrines continued to pressure our backline to create scoring opportunities and eventually tied it up in the 63rd minute and took the lead in the 65th minute.
A weather delay stopped the game with 9 minutes left. CU came back after the delay and Garrett Nimmo tied the game right after the restart. Cornerstone had chances to score before the end of regulation but didn't find the back of the net.
At 4:30 in to the 1st overtime, there was another breakdown in the back and the Peregrines tapped in the game winner. "It was good to see the guys play a strong first half and battle back after we went down 2-1 but we lacked consistency in the back and struggled to finish the opportunities we had," said Bell.
The Peregrines outshot the Golden eagles 15-12 and Golden Eagles had 3 corners to Purdue Calumet's 2.
Golden Eagles will travel to Sioux City, Iowa to take on Morningside on Friday, Sept 5th and Northwestern College on Saturday, September 6th.