MEQUON, Wis. – Two highlight reel second-half scores from freshman Jake Swihart and junior Keegan Van Dusseldorp helped the Concordia University Wisconsin Men's Soccer team clinch a spot in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Tournament. The two goals, scored 2:55 apart from one another, gave the Falcons a 2-1 Senior Day win over Concordia University Chicago at Fitting Field.
Van Dusseldorp (Burlington, Wis.) provided the game-winner in the 69th minute with a diving header, good for his team-leading 10th goal of the season. The goal would have never happened without a tremendous individual effort from sophomore Jordan Moehn (Fond du Lac, Wis.) who shook a defender and then dribbled up the left side of the pitch before delivering a perfect cross, finding Van Dusseldorp for the 2-1 lead.
That goal came just 2:55 after Swihart (Oostburg, Wis.) tied the score at 1-1 with a highlight reel goal of his own, scoring on a volley from 18 yards out. Sophomore Sean Cropper (Green Bay, Wis.) set the up the play, helping Swihart score his second goal of the season.
The two goals were enough as junior Alec Brew (Appleton, Wis.) came on the in the second half and allowed no goals to pick up his second win of the season. CUW controlled the match throughout, posting 33 shots compared to the Cougars four. The Falcons held a 21-1 edge in shots after halftime, with Brew stopping the only shot he faced.
Cougar's goalkeeper Jorge Guzman provided several incredible saves and proved difficult to solve until Swihart and Van Dusseldorp scored the goals midway through the second half. Guzman finished with 13 saves.
CUC (6-8-2, 3-6-0 NACC) got on the board early, scoring at the 10:25 mark on goal from DeAndre McLaurin. McLaurin took a pass from Martin Vargas and was able to beat the keeper, giving the Cougars a 1-0 edge.
The two teams entered the match knowing the winner would likely secure a spot in the NACC Tournament. While CUC would not have officially clinched with a win, they would have moved into the sixth spot with only Rockford, a team winless in NACC play, remaining on the schedule. Knowing this, the Falcons were able to stage a second-half comeback, and with the help of Aurora beating Wisconsin Lutheran, locked up the final spot regardless of what happens in the regular season finale.
The match was also Senior Day as seven players were honored beforehand. Eric Vogel (Itasca, Ill.), David Kulberg (Maple Grove, Minn.), Paul Stuebs (Neenah, Wis.), Adrian Vargas (Monterrey, Mexico), Diego Campos (Milwaukee, Wis.), Nicholas Gonzalez (Lakewood, N.J.) and Michael McCrone (Janesville, Wis.) make up the senior class for CUW that has now earned a NACC Tournament spot in each of their four seasons.
CUW (6-10-2, 4-4-1) will take on Edgewood College in the final match of the regular season Wednesday evening. The Eagles enter play one point ahead of the Falcons, so the winner will receive the No. 5 seed, while the loser will take the sixth spot. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Reddan Soccer Park.