• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Midway men’s soccer wins two; women’s soccer wins one

CARLOS PINTO, middle, a freshman on the Midway University men’s soccer team, recorded his fifth goal of the season when he netted the game winner in the Eagles’ 1-0 victory over Asbury on Saturday, Oct. 15. (Photo courtesy of Midway Univ. Athletics)

The Midway University men’s and women’s soccer teams were in action this past week and played a number of River States Conference games. The men’s team won twice, defeating Georgetown and Asbury, while the women’s team split two games, defeating Cincinnati Christian (Ohio), but falling to Asbury. In addition, Brad Wilson took home RSC Men’ Soccer Offensive Player of the week honors. Here’s a recap of this week’s games. Men’s Soccer The Midway University men’s soccer team had a busy week last week with three road games on the slate, including one game within the River States Conference. The Eagles opened the week with a tough 2-1 loss on the road at Georgetown (Ky.), but they followed that up with a pair of 1-0 wins over Berea, as well as an important conference win over Asbury. After going 2-1 last week, the Eagles have a record of 6-5-1 overall and a 4-2 record within the RSC. They sit in second place in the standings as perennial power Rio Grande (Ohio) sits atop the standings with a 4-0-1 record in conference play. Things looked good in the early going for Midway in their opening game of the week against Georgetown on Tuesday, Oct. 11, as the Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute on a goal by junior Brad Wilson from just outside of the 18-yard box. Unfortunately for the Eagles, the Tigers had an answer. Georgetown scored a pair of unanswered goals in the 28th and 49th minutes and went on to win the game 2-1 over the visiting Eagles. Junior goalkeeper Christian Neira was stuck with the loss for the Eagles. Neira allowed two goals, but finished with six saves in 90 minutes of play. The Eagles bounced back two days later on Thursday, Oct. 13, when they picked up a 1-0 victory on the road over Berea. Midway was denied numerous times in the first 74 minutes, but their luck changed in the 75th minute thanks to junior Max Bristow. Senior Joe Jessop played a ball into the box and connected with Bristow who fired the ball into the back of the net giving his team the 1-0 lead. The Mountaineers looked for an equalizer late in the game, but the Midway defense stood tall as they made the 1-0 advantage hold up. Neira picked up the win in goal for the Eagles, as he finished the game with three saves. Midway finished the week off with a River States Conference matchup against Asbury on Saturday, Oct. 15. Just like the previous game against Berea, this contest went late into the game before either team would score. The game moved to the 78th minute before either team scored a goal, as both goalkeepers did a tremendous job in goal keeping the game tied at zero. But the ball bounced in the favor of Midway with just under 12 minutes remaining in regulation. After Max Bristow took a shot that was initially saved and blocked back into play by the goalkeeper, freshman Carlos Pinto capitalized on the rebound and fired the ball into the back of the net before the goalie had a chance to cover it up giving Midway the 1-0 advantage. The Midway defense made the 1-0 lead hold up and they walked away with an important conference win. Neira picked up his third shutout of the season as he finished with two saves in 90 minutes in goal. Wilson earns award Junior striker Brad Wilson was named the River States Conference Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced on Monday, Oct. 10. It is the first weekly award in the history of the Midway men’s soccer program as they are in their first year as a program. The Doncaster, England, native earned the award after scoring two goals and an assist in games against Point Park (Thursday, Oct. 6) and Carlow (Saturday, Oct. 8). Women’s Soccer The Midway University women’s soccer team picked up its first River States Conference victory last week after having two ties and two losses in its first four contests within the conference. The Eagles, who are now 6-3-2 overall and 1-3-2 in the RSC, began the week with a 2-0 victory over RSC foe Cincinnati Christian (Ohio). Later in the week, the Eagles couldn’t continue the momentum and came up short in a 2-0 loss against Asbury later in the week. In their first game of the week, which was against Cincinnati Christian on Thursday, Oct. 13, the Eagles got a two-goal performance from freshman Regan Snyder as they came away with the 2-0 win. Snyder scored her first goal of the game in the fifth minute. On a shot by Sara Herbert that was blocked back into play by the goalkeeper, the ball made its way to Snyder who capitalized on the opportunity and fired the ball into the net giving Midway the 1-0 lead. It wasn’t too long after intermission before the lead doubled to 2-0 for Midway. On a play with the goalkeeper out of place, Snyder once again capitalized on the opportunity and finished off her second goal of the game and her fourth of the season. Cincinnati Christian had its chances to get back in the game in the second half as the team outshot Midway 10-8, but the team was held scoreless thanks to the play of the Eagles’ defense and the work of junior Emily Belt in goal. Belt collected her first shutout of the season as she played all 90 minutes in goal for the Eagles. The junior finished the match with nine saves keeping Cincinnati Christian scoreless. Two days later on Saturday, Oct. 15, the Eagles were back in action when they traveled to Wilmore to take on Asbury. Asbury scored two goals late in the 76th minute to come away with the 2-0 win. Asbury was held scoreless in the first half thanks in large part to senior Lauren Shuster, who played a total of 58 minutes and 11 seconds in goal for the Eagles and finished with six saves. Midway had its chances to score throughout the game, but couldn’t convert opportunities. The Eagles finished with 11 shots, including four shots on frame, while Asbury tallied 22 shots with 11 of those on goal. Taking the loss for the Eagles in goal was Belt, who started the second half and played the other 31 minutes and 49 seconds in goal for Midway as she allowed two goals and finished with three saves. The Midway offensive attack was led by junior Kindsay Miller-Riney, who finished with six shots and tallied four shots on goal for her team. Five other Eagles finished with one shot each. (Information courtesy of Dylan Brown / Midway Univ. Sports Information)

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