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Midway men’s soccer defeats Asbury

JOSE CORONADO, a native of El Valle de Anton, Panama, netted his first goal and assist of the season in Midway’s 2-0 shutout victory over Asbury University on Saturday, Oct. 14. (Midway University photo)

After having the last six days off from competition, the Midway University men’s soccer team returned to the pitch on Saturday, Oct. 14, when they hosted Asbury (Ky.) at the Midway Soccer Field in a River States Conference matchup. Midway took a 1-0 lead in the locker room after a goal in the 37th minute, and then in the second half, the Eagles tacked on some insurance in the 66th minute as they walked away with the 2-0 win. With the win, Midway moves to 5-4-1 overall and 2-2-1 in the River States Conference. Asbury (7-4-1, 3-1-1 RSC) controlled the pace of the game for much of the first half, but after withstanding the offensive attack from the visitors, Midway took control of the game. After a couple of missed opportunities early in the game, the Midway offense got going and took a 1-0 lead in the 37th minute. Brad Wilson slid the ball off to Jose Coronado, who one-timed it from about 20 yards out as the ball slid past the keeper towards the near post into the back of the net. Both teams failed to present a threat to score in the final seven minutes and change of the first stanza, and Midway took a 1-0 lead into the locker room. At the break, Asbury held a 5-2 advantage in shots and a 3-1 edge in shots on goal. After Wilson just missed on a couple of shots earlier in the second half, the senior wouldn’t be denied again, netting his fifth goal of the season. This time, Coronado played a perfect through ball to Wilson, who chipped it over the keeper at the far post to give Midway a 2-0 lead. Midway didn’t attempt another shot on frame in the remainder of the game, as the Eagles had to withstand the Asbury offensive attack. The visitors attempted four more shots on goal in the second half, but couldn’t convert as Christian Neira was right there for the save. The senior goalkeeper from Santiago, Chile, posted his second shutout of the season. Neira moved to 5-4-1 overall, stopping all seven shots he faced in a total of 90 minutes in goal. After stepping out of conference play earlier this week, the Eagles will return to conference play next Saturday when they travel to Brescia (Ky.) in Owensboro. Then on Monday, Oct. 23, they host Georgetown (Ky.) at 4 p.m. at the Midway Soccer Field, weather permitting.

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