Saginaw Valley State’s men’s soccer team increased its record to 3-0 on the season after winning both of their matches this week.
On Sept. 7 the Cardinals defeated Malone University by a score of 7-1 in a game shortened due to weather conditions.
Junior midfielder Brady Walker got the scoring started in the ninth minute of the game when he was able to find the back of the net off of an assist by senior midfielder Robbie Bruce.
In the 14th minute of the game Walker was able to assist senior midfielder Danny Barlow’s goal which extended the Cardi- nals lead to 2-0.
Bruce was able to add an assist and another goal for SVSU over the next five minutes of the game.
Freshman Defender Benjamin Adamson scored on a corner kick from Bruce in the 16th minute, followed by Bruce scoring unassisted in the 19th minute.
With no more scoring in the first half SVSU was able to carry a 4-0 lead into the break.
Malone University was able to score in the 57th off of a penalty kick to get the score back within three goals.
Saginaw Valley scored three goals in the next three minutes to put the game away.
Sophomore midfielder Robbie Baker scored in the 60th minute on another assist from Bruce.
One minute later freshman forward Johannes Jeske assisted a goal by Barlow, putting the Cardinals up 6-1.
Just over a minute later Jeske again was able to assist a goal that was scored by Walker.
Senior goalkeeper Callum Harley was able to hold Malone to just one goal in the game.
Severe weather conditions led to the game being called in the 84th minute.
Coach Louis Barrow said he has been impressed by his team to start the season.
“The performance so far has been pos- itive,” Barrow said. “The lads have been ruthless in front of goal and been solid de- fensively.”
On Sept. 10 the Cardinals continued their season with their first road game of the year against Tiffin University.
Coach Barrow knew that this could be a tough game for SVSU.
“We were tested this coming weekend against good Tiffin and Lake Erie sides,” Barrow said.
Saginaw Valley fell behind in the 28th minute after a goal by Tiffin, but sopho- more Chidie Nnolim was able to tie the score in the 36th minute off of an assist from senior midfielder Gabriello Calami- ta.
Neither side was able to score for the next 69 minutes, as Harley ended the game with five saves to his credit.
In the 105th minute Walker was able to score on an assist from Barlow to give the Cardinals the 2-1 win in double overtime. Coach Barrow said he knows how important it is for his team to start out the season strong.
“It’s exceptionally important to start off winning,” Barrow said. “It sets the standard for the start of the regular season.”
Barrow is also looking forward to what the rest of the season holds for him and his team.
“Continuing to develop my relationship with the lads is of the highest importance,” Barrow said. “Collectively coming together and bringing a more intense, cohesive approach to winning than we ever have. Winning is amazing, but the happiness and ecstasy that comes from winning can only be shared.”
SVSU continued their season with a game against Lake Erie on Sept. 12.
This will be followed by two home games next weekend against Northern Michigan and Parkside.