FOND DU LAC, Wis. – The Adrian College men's soccer team (1-3) scored three unanswered goals to come-from-behind and defeat Marian University (0-4-1), 3-1, Sunday afternoon, to earn their first win of the season in a non-conference matchup.
The team used opportunistic offense and solid defense in their victory. The Bulldogs converted three of their four shots on net into goals, while defensively they stooped eight of nine shots on their net. Sophomore Nick Minshall (Fishers, Ind.) had a goal and assist, including the game-winner, while freshman Niko Giantsopoulous (Markham, Ont.) earned his first collegiate goalkeeping win.
Minshall broke a tie game with about 10 minutes left in the first half with his first goal of the season to put Adrian up 2-1. The play started when freshman Christian Martin (Brampton, Ont.) was able to play a through ball in between Marian's back line to Minshall, who dribbled past their goalkeeper and finished with the left foot.
Unlike any of its previous matchups, the Bulldogs allowed a first half goal about 10 minutes into the contest when Marian's Peltonen brother-duo connected for a 1-0 lead. It took Adrian less than eight minutes to respond after a left-side buildup ended with Minshall finding junior Ryan McCarthy (Brook Park, Ohio) at the back post, where he headed the ball past the Sabre goalkeeper for his first goal this season. McCarthy and Minshall each had three shots to lead the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs completed the scoring late in the second half after freshman Matt Davis (Kalamazoo, Mich.) found sophomore Ambrose DiGiovanni (Troy, Mich.) off a long throw. DiGiovanni then flicked the ball to the back post where freshman Riley Jackson (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) got on the end of it and finished the play with his first tally of the season.
Coach Chris LeFevre complemented his team's effort. "The team showed strong mental toughness today. We had a choice to either hang our heads (after going down early) or to stay confident , focused and determined. We chose the latter and were rewarded with three unanswered goals. I am proud of the team and we will continue to keep pushing to improve, and wins always help."
The team hopes to keep the momentum going with their first conference matchup at Hope College, Wednesday, Sept. 12th at 7 p.m.