FOND DU LAC, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) – The Marian University men's soccer team picked up its first victory of the 2012 campaign with a 2-1 win over visiting Edgewood College in Northern Athletics Conference play at Smith Fields this evening, Oct. 2.
Edgewood came into the match on a four-match winning streak before Marian stopped them in their tracks and sent them home with a disappointing one goal defeat. Sabre goalie Bryce Woldt was eyeing his second shutout of the season until the Eagles found the back of the net with 20 seconds remaining in the contest.
With the win, Marian improved to 1-6-4 overall, 1-3-2 in the NAC. Edgewood dropped to 6-4-1 (4-2-0 NAC) with the loss.
It would stay that way through halftime after Woldt made three first half saves to preserve the Marian lead. He would make four more saves in the second half, each one proving so important towards a Sabre victory.
In the 84th minute, Nate Peltonen broke free on the left side of the goal, taking a pass from Zank and sneaking it past Edgewood keeper, Chad Stivers, to give the Sabres a 2-0 lead.
The insurance goal proved even bigger as Edgewood forward Alexander Ribeiro was able to break the shutout with just 20 seconds left. However, the little time remaining made it impossible for the Eagles to tie the score, giving Marian its first win of the year.
The Sabres will look to make it two in a row when Rockford visits Fond du Lac for a Homecoming tilt at Smith Fields Saturday, Oct. 6. Last year, the Sabres notched a 2-0 win when Zank scored twice. Kickoff is slated for 2:30 p.m. following the women's game at noon. Halftime will feature an introduction of the inaugural Marian Hall of Fame class.