After starting the season winning its first three matches, Saginaw Valley men’s soccer was set to face Lake Erie on Sept. 12 at Tiffin University.
Lake Erie got the scoring started early with a goal in the third minute of the game.
There was only one issue with such an early goal; no one was able to score for the 87 following minutes.
After senior goalkeeper Mason Maziasz allowed the goal, he was able to stop the only other shot from the Storm’s players.
Saginaw Valley had 13 shots on goal over the course of the game but were unable to find the back of the net with any of them.
Nearing the end of the first half, an errant pass by the Storm almost resulted in an own goal but the goalie Tomas Wroblewski was able to save it before it crossed the line.
Senior midfielder Danny Barlow led the Cardinals attack with six shots on goal during the match.
Junior midfielder Brady Walker, senior midfielder Robbie Bruce and senior midfielder Gabriello Calamita all added two shots each.
SVSU fell 1-0 for its first regular season loss since the 2019 season.
Returning home on Sept. 17 the Cardinals looked to avenge their loss in a matchup
with Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference (GLIAC) opponent Northern Michigan University.
Maziasz was able to secure a clean sheet in the match by saving all three shots he faced over the course of 90 minutes.
Barlow scored the first goal for the Cardinals in the sixth minute of the game. This goal came after a cross from sophomore midfielder Robbie Baker.
In the 17th minute senior midfielder Alex Gloshen found the back of the net to extend SVSU’s lead to 2-0. Freshman defender Benjamin Adamson and Baker were credited with assists on the play.
After a turnover by Northern Michigan in the box, Walker was able to score to push Saginaw Valley ahead 3-0 in the 22nd minute of the game.
For the remaining 68 minutes of the game a goal was not scored by either side with the final score leading to an SVSU 3-0 win.
SVSU’s win pushed its record to 4-1 on the season and 1-0 in GLIAC play.
Saginaw Valley continued its season with a home game against GLIAC opponent Parkside.
On Sept. 24 the Cardinals will travel to play Upper Iowa followed by a Sept. 26 meeting with St. Cloud St., both being GLIAC matchups.