The Gustavus men’s soccer team made MIAC history Saturday by becoming the first men’s soccer program to record 400 wins with a 1-0 overtime win against Bethel in Arden Hills. Fraser Horton scored the game-winner with two minutes remaining in overtime for the victory. Goalkeeper Trevor Brown posted the shutout making six saves in the nets. Gustavus improved its conference record to 7-1-0 and its overall record to 12-2-1. Bethel dropped to 0-7-0 in the MIAC and to 3-12-0 overall.
Coach Zelenz’s squad dominated Bethel in nearly every category, but the score. Gustavus applied pressure in the first half with seven shots on goal compared to only three for the Royals, yet were unable to get on the board. The Golden Gusties turned up the intensity further in the second half as the team put 13 more shots on goal, however efforts were unsuccessful. Bethel goalkeeper Nick Kantor withstood the Gustavus attack compiling 20 saves in regulation to keep the Royals in the contest.
The Gusties remained relentless during the overtime period before finally breaking through in the 98th minute when Fraser Horton (Missoula, Mont.) scored on a pass from Stefan Kolis (Eau Claire, Wis.). Gustavus goalkeeper Trevor Brown (Madison, Wis.) improved his record to 9-0-1 during the season lowering his goals against average to 0.09.
The men’s soccer program holds the best all-time record in the MIAC with 400-169-87. St. John’s ranks second with a record of 390-164-67. Gustavus will play non-conference opponent UC-Santa Cruz Friday, October 19 at 3:30 pm in St. Peter. UC-Santa Cruz is currently ranked seventh in the West Region poll, while the Gusties are ranked fifth in the same region.