ADRIAN, Mich. – The Bulldogs hosted Trine University Tuesday night as they looked to secure their first MIAA win of 2014. Adrian stifled the Thunder attack all evening while two first half goals left the Bulldogs up for good. Adrian secured the 2-0 win as they advanced to 4-3-1 overall and 1-1-1 in the MIAA.
The first half was all Adrian as they controlled the game for the entire 45 minutes. The Bulldogs saw scoring opportunities from Nick Minshall and Ambrose DiGiovanni just miss as they looked to take the lead. This early offensive surge continued into the 15th minute when a long pass from Sean Cain into the box led to Minshall beating the keeper for his fourth goal of the season to give Adrian the 1-0 lead. The Bulldogs continued to pressure the Thunder as they forced Trine into a crucial mistake in the 31st minute when Trine scored on their own goal to advance the Adrian lead to 2-0. The Bulldogs used this momentum to take control of the game heading into the second half.
The second half saw back and forth play, but the Bulldogs continued to control the ball while goal keeper Lino Taormina turned away the Trine scoring chances as Adrian shutout the Thunder for the match. Adrian fired three more shots as they upped their total to nine for the match to continue their offensive pressure. The teams remained scoreless for the second half as Adrian maintained their 2-0 lead on their way to the home victory.
Taormina (4-3-1) earned his second career shutout victory as he made two saves.
Head coach Charlie Edwards commented on his team's win, "While it was nice to get a result tonight, I think we lacked a little overall sharpness. We seemed to be just a little off tonight. I have to give our guys credit for finding a way to get a win and earn a shutout, but we certainly have more work to do. We will get back after it and prepare for Calvin on Saturday."
The Bulldogs will see action next Saturday, September 27 when the host Calvin College at 2:30 p.m.