The SVSU men’s soccer team earned its second straight victory as the team shut out Purdue Northwest this weekend, 3-0.
Junior mid elder Robbie Bruce, who scored the game’s first goal in the later minutes of the first half, was unphased by the Pride.
“We got the job done without breaking too much of a sweat,” Bruce said. “The opponents were tough, but we had more energy and outworked them. In the GLIAC, that goes a long way.”
The Cardinal’s offensive dominance was apparent in the first half, as they outshot the Pride by 6-4 in the opening half.
Entering the game’s second half ahead 1-0, the Cardinals had no intention of slowing down. Seven minutes into the second half, Bruce again made an impactful play for the Cardinals, this time assisting freshman forward Kairo Coore to his fifth goal of the season to further the team’s lead to 2-0.
Following the goal from Coore, both sides got physical, as three yellow cards were given in the second half. Cardinals Joshua Rubin and Gustavo Bergmann both received penalties.
With only eight minutes left in the game, sophomore mid elder Gabriello Calamita scored his first career goal for the Cardinals. Calamita’s goal helped lead to a Cardinal victory. Calamita appeared in 14 games for the Cardinals last season.
Bruce said the team played well despite playing in cold temperatures on the road.
“We had a game plan going in, and we stuck to it,” Bruce said. “The boys were great and were dedicated to getting a shutout.”
The Purdue Northwest victory is the team’s fifth shutout of the year, led by junior goalkeeper Mason Maziasz.
“The team played very well collectively,” Maziasz said. “I didn’t face many shots due to a great defensive performance.”
Maziasz said the team’s goal for next weekend is to get six points.
“Our mindset going into this weekend is to come away with six points,” Maziasz said. “I think we set that standard well in the Purdue game.”
The Cardinals, who are now guaranteed a spot in the GLIAC tournament, currently sit in third place in the regular season standings. The team will conclude its regular season Thursday, Nov. 7, with a matchup against rival Northwood at home. The Cardinals will play in the first round of the GLIAC tournament on Nov. 11th.