Rumblers edge past Vikings with 1-0 defeat
Inability to score ends men's soccer season in tourney first round
Viking Mike Derezic (No. 17) was selected to the all-newcomer team Monday, Nov. 7. Photo courtesy of CSU Athletics
Men's soccer ended its season early as the team accepted a tough 1-0 loss to the Loyola Ramblers in the first round of the Horizon League tournament on Nov. 8. The Vikings had beat the Ramblers 4-0 exactly one month earlier.
Cleveland State University came out aggressive and had many scoring opportunities, ending the game with seven corner kicks compared to the Ramblers' sole corner kick. CSU also had eight shot attempts over Loyola's six shot attempts.
Despite these chances, CSU couldn't manage to score a goal. In the 19th minute, Viking Zach Ellis-Hayden almost scored but the shot was too wide. A few minutes later, the Ramblers answered back but also missed a wide shot.
The score was tied at zero until Rambler Reed Patterson scored with a header goal to take the lead in the 33rd minute. The match went into the second half with Loyola leading 1-0.
The Vikings came back in the second half ready to take the lead. Ellis-Hayden had another chance to score, but this time the shot was too high.
CSU continued to play aggressive as Viking Al James blasted a shot in the 73rd minute, but it was too wide.
Once again a scoring possibiltiy presented itself for the Vikings, and it was an open shot. Ramblers goalie Peter McKeown had left the box but made it in time to block the CSU shot.
With a few minutes left in the game, Vikings goalie Brad Stuver made a big save, which prevented the Ramblers to gain a larger lead; he had three saves that night.
Within the final seconds, Vikings midfielder Tommy Fitzgerald tried for a shot on goal but came up short with McKeown saving it. Fitzgerald's attempt was one of two shots on goal the Vikings had in the match, while the Ramblers finished with four shots on goal.
Men's soccer ended the 2011 season with a 9-9-1 overall record.
It was also announced Monday, Nov. 7 that six Vikings had earned All-Horizon League honors.
Aaron Adkins, Manuel Conde and Admir Suljevic were the first team league-best selections. Second team selections were Aslinn Rodas and Brad Stuver, and Mike Derezic was selected to the all-newcomer team.
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