The Gustavus men’s soccer team traveled to St. Paul, Minn. to play Macalester College on Friday night. The #12-ranked Gusties defeated the Scots 1-0 in double-overtime and improve to 7-1-1 in the MIAC and 13-1-2 overall, while the Scots fell to 5-3-1 in the MIAC and 7-5-1 overall.
The game was played in front of over 600 fans in wet and windy weather conditions. Both teams battled the elements and attempted to gain control of match. The best chance in the first half for the Gusties came off of a corner kick. The Scots were forced to clear the ball of the goal line twice to keep the score tied at 0-0.
In the second half, the Gusties pressed forward creating several chances. In minute 52 the Gusties were awarded a free-kick just outside the penalty area. Jordan Iblings hit a bending shot that forced Macalester goalkeeper Ryan Palmer to knock the ball over the cross bar for one of the Gusties five corner kicks in the second half. Just before regulation ended, Gustavus crossed a ball into the box. The Scots did well to clear the ball, but Chris Pinahs got to the ball just outside the penalty area. Pinahs struck the ball out of the air and the ball was heading directly on goal, but was blocked by a Macalester defender.
After 90-minutes of play the game was locked at 0-0 and the game went to overtime. Two-minutes into the second overtime period the Gusties were awarded a penalty kick when Macalester defender was red carded for an intentional handball to deny the Gusties a goal. Joe Hartwell stepped up an and fired the ball into the back of the net to give the Gusties the 1-0 victory.
Gustavus goalkeeper Andy Moulton made three saves to record his eighth win and ninth shutout of the season. Moulton leads the MIAC with a goals against average of 0.00.
The Gusties will be back in action on Tuesday, October 25 at home against St. Thomas.