Gustavus men’s soccer won 3-0 in its home opener against Simpson College on Saturday afternoon in St. Peter. The Gusties were ahead 1-0 after 45 minutes of play but in the second half they showcased their offense and expanded the lead to 3-0. Alex Groth (Sr., Waupaca, Wisc.) and Gabe Joyes (Jr., Stoughton, Wisc.) both had a goal and an assist in the game for Gustavus. The Gusties remain undefeated with a record of 2-0-1. Simpson falls to 0-3-0 in its season.
About three minutes into the game the Gusties scored the game-winning goal when Matt Broin (Sr., Minnetonka, Minn.) received a pass from Flynn Stewert-Franzen (So., Minneapolis, Minn.) and kicked it past the Simpson keeper for a 1-0 lead. Nearly six minutes later Ryan Beduhn (Jr., St. Cloud, Minn.) made a great pass to Mike Butterworth (Jr., Katy, Texas) who missed the net just wide. Gustavus controlled most of the play to close out the first half.
In the second half, after four minutes of play Joyes passed the ball to the front of the net and Groth used his head to score his second goal of the season and gave the Gusties a 2-0 lead. Neil Nelson (Sr., Edina, Minn.), five minutes after the second goal, shot the ball just wide of the goal on a great scoring opportunity. On the next play, Gustavus had another chance but was denied by the post.
Joyes finished out the scoring with 30 minutes to play when he received a pass from Groth and then booted it past the Simpson keeper to give the Gusties a 3-0 lead. Nelson was denied again with about 27 minutes to play when the Simpson keeper made a spectacular sliding save to keep Gustavus from going up 4-0.
Tyler Garry (Sr., Sioux Falls, SD.) stopped two of Simpson’s shots in the game. Joshua Youngman saved seven of the shots he faced. The Gusties led Simpson in shots, 23-3, and corner kicks, 5-1.
Gustavus will play Nebraska Wesleyan on Sunday at 1:00pm in St. Peter. The team will open up MIAC play on Wednesday in Northfield, Minn. against Carleton College. Next Sunday the Gusties will face Concordia-Moorhead in St. Peter.