FOND DU LAC, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) - In search of their first NACC win, men's soccer hosted Wisconsin Lutheran College on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at Smith Field. Despite a late tally from Marian's leading goal scorer David Reinke, the Warriors came out victorious in overtime, 3-2.
Not long after things got underway, the Warriors jumped to a 1-nil lead. Junior Jake Semmann chested a ball from sophomore Teffie Joyce and beat fellow sophomore Bryce Woldt to the far post. The tally would round up the scoring for the first half, despite Wis. Lutheran putting three more shots on frame.
The Sabres would find an equalizer in the 64', when the penalty area became congested, sending in an Own Goal for Marian. The draw wouldn't last more than five minutes, as sophomore Austin Drake took a layoff pass from freshman Enrique Arreola before firing home the go-ahead goal.
Both teams showcased a physical style of soccer, resulting in a combined 31 fouls.
With Marian pressuring to level the playing field, it would be the senior combination of Michael Ekstrom and David Reinke who would be responsible for the tying goal. Ekstrom sprung Reinke past the Warrior backline, leaving only senior goalkeeper Jon Stewart between him and the paydirt. A bit of fancy footwork to avoiding the diving keeper, resulted in wide open netting for Reinke.
The only shot of the extra period would be the winner, as Semmann returned for more, taking a flicked on ball from Arreola and sending it past a sliding Woldt.
With the loss, Marian drops to 3-5-1 overall and keeps them winless in the NACC. Woldt recorded seven saves in the match.
The Sabres travel to the Windy City on Friday to take on Concordia Chicago. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m.