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Men's Soccer Shut Out Rochester in WHAC Action

Courtesy of Mike Dickie
Courtesy of Mike Dickie

ADRIAN, Mich. -- The Siena Heights men's soccer team defeated Rochester at home in a Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) matchup on Wednesday night. Brayden Stephan (Senior, Highland, Mich.) scored his first goal of the season on two shots, one of which was on goal.

THE BASICS

Final Score: Siena Heights 2, Rochester 0

Location: Adrian, Mich. (O'Laughlin Stadium)

Records: Siena Heights (5-4, 2-0 WHAC), Rochester (2-5-1, 0-2 WHAC)

HOW IT HAPPENED

Stephan opened the scoring for the Saints in the 15th-minute off a cross from Alexander Mittag (Junior, Utica, Mich.). The rest of the half remained deadlock as each team had equal scoring opportunites but failed to connect the ball in net and and SHU would head to the locker room with a 1-0 lead. The Warriors edged the Saints nine shots to seven in the first half.

The second half would remain at a standstill for nearly 42 minutes as SHU had four scoring opportunities between the 49th and 68th minute but all came up short. The Saints' luck changed in the 88th-minute as Justin Gray (Senior, Fraser, Mich.) beat Rochester goalkeeper Sam Manuvelpillai (L, 0-2-1) from a pass by Matheus Marrote (Freshman, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul) to have a wide open shot on net. The final push for the Warriors came up short as they had a few scoring opportunities but were unable to succeed and updated SHU to a 2-0 record in the WHAC. The Saints edged the Warriors 10 shots to six and Rochester edged SHU four corner kicks to zero in the second half. The Saints were just shy of having half their total shots on goal.

TOP SAINTS

• Stephan had a goal, and Gray scored his third goal on the season.

• Marrote and Mittag each earned their first assist on the season.

Andrew Kozan (W, 3-1) made six saves in the winning effort.

THE OPPOSITION

• Alex Ofeimu had five shots, two of which were on goal.

• Louie Burn, Luis Kolec, Richard Humphrey, and Niki Gjonaj each recorded a shot on goal.

• Manuvelpillai made eight saves in the 90 minutes of play.

UP NEXT

The Saints will face Madonna in a WHAC matchup at home on Saturday, October 5th. The game is scheduled to kick off at 5:30 p.m., EDT.