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Big first half leads to 4-2 win for Midway

The Midway University men's soccer team moved above the .500 mark for the first time this season on Saturday afternoon when the Eagles defeated Shawnee State (Ohio) 4-2 at the Midway Soccer Field. The Eagles (3-2) scored three goals in the first half, while adding another in the second to cruise to a 4-2 victory over the Bears. Shawnee State (1-9) scored two late goals, but the Eagles held on for the win. The Eagles got the scoring started early in the third minute when they took a 1-0 lead. Alex Enzweiler forced a turnover and then found Max Bristow (Exeter, England) who got behind the defense leading to a one-on-one with the keeper that Bristow finished for a goal. Bristow was at it again a few minutes later in the 13th minute, but this time he assisted on a goal by Brad Wilson. In an offensive attack, Bristow played it to his left and hit Wilson in stride who one-timed it while sliding as it went whistling into the back of the net giving Midway a 2-0 lead. Wilson repeated as River States Conference Men's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for his performance the week of Sept. 18 to 24. The scoring barrage for the Eagles continued in the 22nd minute when they stretched the lead to 3-0. After a clear-out made its way to Wilson, the senior chipped it into the box and connected with fellow senior Pol Marco, who headed it into the back of the net. With a 3-0 lead in hand, both team's defenses began to settle in. Both teams had their chances to score, but couldn't convert, and the Eagles took a 3-0 lead at intermission. Midway had chances to stretch its lead early in the second half. A free kick by Wilson was sent into the box and found Harry Kirwan, who headed it on goal, but the Bears' goalkeeper was right there for the save. Another good opportunity came a few seconds later from Wilson. From about eight yards out, Wilson fired a shot that looked destined for goal, but the ball clanged off the crossbar as the score remained 3-0. Wilson wouldn't be denied in the 79th minute. After Wilson won a stalemate near the end line and forced a turnover, the senior took a couple of dribbles and fired it on frame as the goalkeeper was unable to stop it as it rolled into the back of the net pushing the Midway lead to 4-0. Shawnee State added a pair of goals in the 82nd and 86th minutes, but Midway's defense didn't allow another as they held on for the 4-2 win. Taking home his third victory of the season in goal for the Eagles was senior goalkeeper Christian Neira. The Santiago, Chile, native allowed two goals, but finished with two saves in the win. The Eagles will now face a tough week as they host a pair of top-10 teams at the Midway Soccer Field. They host No. 5 West Virginia Tech on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 4 p.m., and then No. 4 Rio Grande (Ohio) on Saturday, Sept. 30, at 3:30 p.m.

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