ADRIAN, Mich. – The Bulldogs saw action Sunday afternoon as the men's soccer team took on Carroll University (Wis.). Adrian stifled the Pioneers all game as they allowed minimal scoring opportunities with stout defense. The Bulldogs then found a late offensive push turn into a Bulldog goal as they took out Carroll, 1-0. This win advances the overall record for the Bulldogs in 2014 to 1-2.
The first half was a defensive battle between the two teams. Adrian held the Pioneers in check as they allowed only two shots on goal that Lino Taormina turned away. The Bulldogs could not capitalize on their first half chances as they fired four shots, all of which sailed wide.
The second half was highlighted by offensive opportunities from both sides. Carroll fired three more shots on Taormina, but could not beat the junior goal keeper as the Bulldogs shut out the Pioneers for the remainder of the match. The Bulldogs turned up their offense in the second half as Nick Minshall found scoring opportunities that just missed. Adrian continued to push offensively with effective ball control until the 80th minute when a Bulldog surge led to a great touch pass from Minshall to Ambrose DiGiovanni inside the box that he buried to put Adrian ahead, 1-0. This was all the offense that the Bulldogs would need as they turned away the Pioneers on their way to a 1-0 victory.
Lino Taormina (1-2) earned the victory in goal for Adrian as he made five saves on the way the way to his first career shutout victory.
Head coach Charlie Edwards was pleased with an overall team effort, "I thought our response after last weekend was fantastic. We did not start the year the way we wanted to, but we put that behind us and worried about the task at hand. Our guys got back to work, and committed to getting better. There was incredible improvement from last week to this week. We still have work to do, but it was a total team effort today. Credit all of our guys on a job well done."
The Bulldogs will see action again in the Ketner Classic at Trine September 12 when they take on Manchester at 4:30 p.m.