Marian University men’s soccer (5-11-1, 2-8-0 NACC) fell to Aurora by a 3-1 final to close out the home portion of their season.
The Spartans were able to start the game fast scoring off of their first two shots of the game at the 10:15 and 16:01 mark. This was part of an opening stanza that saw Aurora outshoot the Sabres 8-4.
The momentum for the match swung in favor of the Sabres in the 64th minute when junior Cory Koehler was able to make a diving stop towards his right and deny a penalty-kick goal. The Sabres were then able to find the back of the net just 2:26 later. Sophomore Tallon Schuster was able to send a cross in to senior Chris Nelson who then centered the ball to freshman Emanuel Acosta who buried a shot from the middle of the penalty area. The goal was his fourth of the season, but Aurora responded to extend their lead back out to two goals just 17 seconds later.
The Sabre offense continued to push and created several opportunities late but were unable to cut into their deficit from the first half.
Each team had seven shots in the half as Marian finished with 11, three of which came from freshman Max Kauffman. Junior Kevin Cervantes (3-9-1) took the loss before Koehler came in to make four saves on five shots.
Marian closes out the year at Illinois Tech Wednesday, Oct. 30 for a 6 p.m. kick-off.