Men’s Soccer Falls at Valparaiso, 1-0

first_imgDespite the road defeat, Drake (6-6-3, 1-3-2 MVC) secured the No. 6 and final spot in next week’s Missouri Valley Conference Championship, Nov. 7-9-11, in Evansville, Ind. as Evansville bested Bradley, 4-3, in a wild back-and-forth match Saturday to knock out the Braves from the six-team field. Valparaiso (5-7-4, 2-1-3 MVC) locked up the No. 3 seed and will play Drake once again with the tournament match scheduled for 3 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon in Evansville on ESPN+. The winner of Wednesday’s match advances to the semifinals to play No. 2 Loyola Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. Live Stats Next Game: Saturday evening, Mason Marcey scored the winner and his first goal of the season for the Crusaders in the 29th minute. Wednesday will be the second straight season, Drake and Valpo face each other in the MVC Tournament. The Bulldogs beat the Crusaders, 4-2, in the 2017 MVC play-in game in Bradley, Ill.”The result tonight didn’t match the performance,” said Drake head coach Gareth Smith. “Overall we performed well for periods of the game, especially when we were in their attacking middle to final third. Yet again we created enough chances but just haven’t found the back of the net. A lot of credit goes to their goalkeeper who made three amazing saves in the game including the PK. We just have to polish up our finishing and take our chances earlier in games so that we don’t allow the opponent to stay in the the game. The important thing is that we are creating chances and once we get that next goal our front lines confidence will grow and we will start to see these performances turn results in our favor. We did enough to qualify for the postseason tournament and the goal of winning the MVC is still up for grabs so we head home, focus on preparations, and get back on the bus to Indiana in a few days time ready to take on Valpo yet again.” Print Friendly Version Full Schedule Roster ESPN+ Watch Livecenter_img Drake pushed for the equalizer after Marcey’s goal, but couldn’t get one by Valpo goalkeeper Nacho Miras who made six saves in the match. Redshirt junior Cole Poppen (Ankeny, Iowa) led the Bulldogs with three shots on goal, including a penalty kick in the 84th minute. However, Miras stopped it to preserve the Crusaders’ lead. Steven Enna (Overland Park, Kan.) and Leroy Enzugusi (Marion, Iowa) had shots after the PK, but Miras saved Enna’s attempt and Enzugusi’s was blocked. VALPARAISO, Ind. – Valparaiso edged the Drake University men’s soccer team, 1-0, Saturday evening at Brown Field in the regular season finale for both teams. vs. Valparaiso 11/7/2018 – 3 p.m. Story Links PDF Box Score Previewlast_img