The cold weather did not stop the Gustavus men’s soccer team from defeating MIAC rival Augsburg 2-0 Wednesday in St. Peter. Sam Barthell scored his first collegiate goal in the first half to give the Gusties a 1-0 halftime lead. Gustavus extended its lead in the second half on a goal by Mike Butterworth. Goalkeeper Trevor Brown posted his eighth shutout of the season in the nets as Gustavus improved to 11-2-1 overall and 6-1-0 in the MIAC. Augsburg falls to 7-6-0 overall and 3-3-0 in the MIAC.
Gustavus got on the scoreboard 18 minutes into the match when Ryan Beduhn (St. Cloud, Minn.) placed a corner kick in the penalty box that was headed into the back of the net by Sam Barthell (Bloomington, Minn.). This was the first career goal for Barthell, a senior defenseman. The Gusties were the more aggressive team in the first half outshooting the Auggies 7-1.
Nine minutes into the second half, Max Malmquist (Salt City Lake, Utah) passed a ball from the right side of the field to the top of the penalty box to find Mike Butterworth (Katy, Tex.) open for the header. Butterworth has now scored a goal in five consecutive games. The Auggies became the aggressor in the latter stages of the second half, but were unable to score. Augsburg goalkeeper Matt Carlson finished the match with five saves and allowed two goals, while Trevor Brown made two saves for Coach Zelenz and the Gusties.
Gustavus will travel to Arden Hills to take on the Bethel Royals Saturday at 1:00 pm.