MEQUON, Wis. – Win or tie. The Concordia University Men's Soccer team new exactly what it needed heading into Tuesday's Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference match against Edgewood College at Fitting Field. The Falcons got what they were looking for as they shut out the Eagles, 1-0, clinching a NACC Tournament berth.
CUW will now await the result of tonight's MSOE-Dominican University match to find out if they will be playing at home or on the road Saturday. If the Raiders defeat Dominican, CUW will be traveling to face Aurora University in an opening-round match Saturday. If MSOE ties or loses tonight, CUW will host the Raiders at Fitting Field.
The Falcons scored just 10:24 into play Tuesday as sophomore Keegan Van Dusseldorp (Burlington, Wis.) netted his team-leading 10th goal. Van Dusseldorp and freshman Gavin Winston (Burlington, Wis.) executed a give and go perfectly to help send CUW to the conference tournament.
The Van Dusseldorp goal would be all goalkeeper Alec Brew (Appleton, Wis.) and the stingy CUW defense would need. Playing without senior Jacob Pope (Muskego, Wis.), the rest of the Falcons defense rose to the challenge as a foursome of sophomores – David Kulberg (Osseo, Minn.), Mark Samuel (Brookfield, Wis.), Mitchell Boehm (Plymouth, Mich.) and Jake Barnes (Fort Atkinson, Wis.) - played exceptional from the back row. Helping to the defensive cause were starting midfielders Justin Clayton (Crete, Ill. – Fr.) and Paul Stuebs (Neenah, Wis. – Jr.).
CUW limited Edgewood to five total shots, winning the shots battle 19-5. Brew stopped the only shot on goal Edgewood fired, while Matt Dammen made four first-half saves for the Eagles. Chad Stivers came in and played the second half for EC, recording two saves. The shutout was the fourth of the season for Brew in just his sixth start.
Van Dusseldorp and Winston each recorded four shots to pace the Falcons offense, while Stuebs and freshman Jordan Moehn (Fond du Lac, Wis.) each tallied three. Edgewood got one shot from five different players.
Tuesday also marked Senior Day with Pope and midfielder Blake Edler (St. Charles, Mo.) being honored at halftime. The duo has helped the Falcons to 45 wins over the past four seasons.
Fans looking to follow the MSOE-DU match tonight to find out the Falcons seed can do so courtesy of live stats from the MSOE athletics website. The time of the quarterfinal match is expected to be announced tomorrow, with the locating being known after the Raiders outcome tonight.