Men’s soccer breaks PNW hearts with comeback win

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The SVSU men’s soccer team rebounded last weekend with a come-from-behind, 2-1 win against GLIAC foes Purdue Northwest.

It was freshman forward Liam Travers’ 58th-minute goal on an assist from sophomore midfielder Alex Gloshen that broke a 1-1 tie and ultimately gave SVSU the victory.

Gloshen also had a goal of his own in the 30th minute that brought SVSU back to level after falling behind the Pride 1-0. “I had a good week in training, enjoying the game and working hard,” Gloshen said. “I’m just happy I was able to help the team get the important win.”

While SVSU dominated offensively, outshooting PNW 18-4 in the contest, it was the Pride that found the back of the net first in the 20th minute, when sophomore midfielder Isaiah Nieves scored on an assist from sophomore forward Matt Bahena to give the home side a 1-0 advantage.

However, SVSU wasted little time responding, scoring 10 minutes later when Gloshen found the back of the net on an assist from sophomore forward Michael Hamilton that knotted the game at one goal apiece.

“I felt it was a good performance for myself, but I have to thank (Hamilton’s) beautiful assist for my goal,” Gloshen said. “We really needed the three points after the opening loss last weekend.”

The game stayed level going into halftime.

SVSU’s offensive attack continued in the second half, but senior defender Omar Sinclair’s 49th-minute shot was blocked, and Travers’ shot in the 53rd minute sailed wide. Following a pair of PNW substitutions, SVSU broke the tie as Travers beat Pride goalkeeper Raul Garrido-Garcia wide to give SVSU the 2-1 edge.

Purdue Northwest, desperate to equalize, was only able to muster two more shots following Travers’ goal, but freshman goalkeeper Lukas Betz and the Cardinal defense held strong, and the team walked away with its first conference win. Betz made one save in the contest.

“I felt like our backline had only one mental slip, which led to their goal, but overall our team defending was good,” head coach Andy Wagstaff said.

The victory improved SVSU’s record to 3-1-2 on the young season.

“(Friday) was more about getting the result than anything else,” Wagstaff said. “We dominated long stretches of the game but just didn’t put them away. I have to give respect to a well-coached PNW, who made it very hard for us to break them down, but it was a great relief to finally do so with Gloshen and Travers’ goals (Friday).”

The Cardinals took on Davenport on Sunday, Sept. 23, which concluded after this production of The Valley Vanguard.

Next weekend, SVSU will take the field again with a pair of home games, taking on Northwood on Friday, Sept. 28, and Northern Michigan on Sunday, Sept. 30. Both games begin at 2:30 p.m.

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