Marian men’s soccer defeats WLC in 2-1 double overtime thriller

October 24, 2019

Marian University men’s soccer (5-10-1, 2-7-0 NACC) made the most of a man-advantage most of the second half defeating Wisconsin Lutheran 2-1 in double overtime.

The first half saw a scoreless tie as Wisconsin Lutheran narrowly edged out the Sabres in shots by a 9-7 margin.  The Warriors would manage to find the back of the net first at the 54:36 mark but in the celebration would be issued a red card giving Marian a man-advantage the remainder of the game.

The Sabre offense went to work creating several scoring chances as a result, and finally found the back of the net when freshman Chase Hayden sent a shot from 40 yards out that skipped inside the right post.  The goal was his fifth of the season and proved to be enough to force overtime.

Marian held a 3-1 advantage in shots for the first overtime but neither squad was able to find the golden goal.  The Sabres were then presented a free kick outside of the penalty area, which caused a flurry inside the box that eventually found the diving head of senior Kyle Klusendorf who buried the game-winner.  The goal was his second of the season and came with just 4:57 left in the second overtime.

Marian finished with a 19-17 advantage in shots led by freshman Emanuel Acosta who fired eight of the Sabre shots.  Junior Cory Koehler (2-2-0) earned the victory in goal for Marian making six saves, four of which came in the scoreless first half.

Marian plays their final home game of the season hosting Aurora at noon Saturday, Oct. 26.