MILWAUKEE, Wis.-The Lawrence Technological University men's soccer team (0-4) traveled to No. 7 Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) (2-2) for a Saturday night matchup that lived up to the expectations. Each team is expecting to compete for a title in their respective conferences and earn the right to play in the national tournament. The end of this contest saw the Wolves of Cardinal Stritch win a hard fought contest over the Blue Devils by a score of 1-0.
The first half saw the Wolves of Cardinal Stritch get off to an early start, scoring in the 2nd minute of the match to take a 1-0 lead. That was all the scoring the first half presented. The Blue Devils took three shots and one of them was on goal, and the Wolves had six shots and three of those were on goal. Nicolas Rodriguez had the scoring opportunity for the Blue Devils but was denied by the Wolves' goalkeeper.
The second half started and ended with the same score, 1-0. Both the Blue Devils and the Wolves had scoring chances but neither team was able to find the back of the net for 45 minute half. For the Blue Devils' offense in the second half, Alvaro Garcia registered two shots on goal but both were saved by the Wolves' keeper.
After letting up an early goal, Riley Alexander settled in for the Blue Devils. Alexander saved the remainder of the shots on goal by the Wolves. He ended the night with five saves. Head Coach Will Dyer was very happy with his goalkeeper's effort tonight, "(He) made some great saves and played with a lot of heart...proud of him."
Dyer had this to say about the overall play of the Blue Devils tonight, "We're improving. Conceded an early goal but created several chances. (We) just need to break through and finish."
The Blue Devils, after being on the road for their first four games, will be at Blue Devil Stadium for their home opener vs. No. 10 Spring Arbor University (Mich.). The match will be on Wednesday, September 11 and kickoff is scheduled for 7:00pm EDT.