LIVONIA, Mich.—The Lawrence Technological (Mich.) men's soccer team (1-6, 0-1) dropped a close contest to the hands of the No. 15 ranked Madonna (Mich.) University Crusaders (4-2-1, 1-0). A late second half goal by the Crusaders gave them the 2-1 edge, and the Blue Devils did not have an answer to finish the game.
The first half saw both teams get on the scoreboard before entering halftime. Madonna started the scoring in this match less than two minutes after the start. After being down one for most of the first half, the Blue Devils got on the board in the 41st minute. Coming off a corner kick, Enric Miquel found the back of the net. Nico Rodriguez was credited with the assist. The two teams went into the halftime with the score even at 1-1.
Entering the second half, both teams knew it was going to be vital to capitalize on any scoring chances they may get. The Crusaders were able to do this in the 74th minute to give them the 2-1 lead, and that is how the game would finish.
The Blue Devils and the Crusaders were pretty even in every stat category. The Crusaders outshot the Blue Devils 12-10, corner kicks were in favor of the Crusaders (7-6), and both goalies had four saves.
Head Coach Will Dyer noted this loss hurts and wants to see his guys bounce back, but wants his players to understand they control where the season is going to go from here: "We need to find the heart to play, stop hurting ourselves with mistakes, and play the way we are capable of. We need to take a look in the mirror and decide if we want to compete or are happy where we're at."
The Blue Devils' next opportunity to come out and show what they are capable of will be vs. Michigan-Dearborn on Wednesday, October 2nd. This will be the Blue Devils official home opener, as their originally scheduled home opener was cancelled due to inclement weather. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00pm EDT.