Midway Men’s Soccer earns important 1-0 victory at IU East
The Midway University men’s soccer team won their third straight match on Saturday, October 28, when they traveled to Centerville, Ind. to take on River States Conference foe, Indiana University East.
Midway would lean on their defense throughout the match as they scored a goal in the 31st minute to take a 1-0. The defense came up big down the stretch as they kept a clean sheet and held on for the 1-0 victory.
With the win, Midway is now 8-5-1 overall and 5-2-1 in conference play. The win keeps the Eagles’ hopes alive of earning the two-seed in the RSC Tournament. With a win against Cincinnati Christian (Ohio), Midway would wrap up the two-seed.
The match was played pretty evenly throughout as both teams tallied 11 shots. Four of Midway’s shots came on goal, while the Red Wolves (8-8-2, 3-5-1 RSC) had three shots on frame.
Shots were few and far between for both teams in the early going. Midway posed a threat to score in the early going when Max Bristow broke away from the IU East defense. Bristow hit it with good pace, but hit it right to the goalkeeper as he made the easy save.
After being unable to break through in the first 30 minutes, Midway broke through in the 31st minute when junior, Stephen Pueterbaugh connected with fellow classmate, Callum Kemp.
Pueterbaugh played a perfect through ball into the box that hit Kemp in stride and after the goalkeeper began to come out of the goal to cover, Kemp had an easy chip in shot that he sent into the back of the net giving Midway the 1-0 lead.
With the 1-0 lead at their back, the Midway defense began to take shape. The Eagles’ defense kept the Red Wolves off the scoreboard in the final few minutes in the first half as they took a 1-0 lead into the locker room. The Red Wolves posed their best threat to score in the early going in the second stanza. IU East posted a pair of shots on goal in the 51st and 64th minutes, but right there for the save was goalkeeper, Christian Neira.
The senior from Santiago, Chile played all 90 minutes in goal for the Eagles, while making three saves. The shutout was the third of the season for Neira as he moves to 8-5-1 on the year.
Leading the way for the Eagles was the senior duo of Max Bristow and Brad Wilson. Both finished with four shots in the match, while Bristow registered three shots on goal. Callum Kemp added two shots in the win.
Midway was back in action earlier this week when they host Cincinnati Christian for Senior Day at the Midway Soccer Field. Then in their regular season finale they traveled to Cincinnati-Clermont in Batavia, Ohio. Be sure to check www.gomidwayeagles.com for the latest news.