The SVSU men’s soccer team drew 0-0 with the Tiffin Dragons in a rough defensive match Friday, Sept. 13.
Though the game ended up scoreless from both sides, this was not indicative of the aggressive and tough battling back-and-forth that occurred between the two teams.
The team also faced off against Alderson Broaddus Sunday, Sept. 15, which concluded after this production of The Valley Vanguard.
Against Tiffin, the Cards had multiple opportunities within the first 25 minutes to give themselves the edge.
Senior midfielder Connor Rutz booted three shots attempts while senior defender Gustavo Bergmann had two.
Shots were erratic, however, as none of them had the accuracy necessary to find the net.
As the first half ended, Tiffin found some chances. The Dragons made their way into Cardinal territory for a few shot attempts in succession, but ultimately could not find any luck either, closing the half at 0-0.
In the second half, the Cardinals became hyper-aggressive as they began to assault Tiffin’s keeper. Shot after shot came out from the
Cardinal offense, but a combination of lack of accurate shot placement and some impressive goalkeeping by Tiffin kept the Cardinals scoreless.
Tiffin had a hard time keeping pace with the Cards, but its defense remained stout, forcing the game into two overtime periods.
The both overtimes followed the trend of the final half. SVSU remained aggressive, finding three shot attempts to Tiffin’s zero. However, the score remained 0-0 through the end of the final overtime, giving both teams a draw on the night.
Though the score read 0-0 to end the match, the box score proves who should have came out on top.
SVSU outshot Tiffin 24-7 to 7-2. They were led by sophomore midfielder Brady Walker who managed to find five shots, three on goal during the grueling 110-minute match. The Cardinals found themselves with 12 times as many corner kicks as the Dragons.
SVSU keeper, junior Mason Maziasz came out of the night with two saves to Tiffin’s seven.
The team will continue its home game stand this weekend against Davenport Friday, Sept. 20, and again against Ashland Sunday, Sept. 22. Both games kick off around 3 p.m.
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