For the fourth straight week, the Gustavus Adolphus men’s soccer team cracked the top-25 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll. The Gusties moved up three spots to No. 17 this week after going 2-0 with a 5-0 win over Buena Vista and a 2-1 overtime victory over Saint John’s. Gustavus is also ranked No. 12 according to D3soccer.com’s latest poll.
Gustavus enters tonight’s MIAC contest against Saint Mary’s sitting in fourth place in the MIAC with an overall record of 8-1-0 and a MIAC mark of 2-1-0. The Cardinals are at the bottom of the league standings at 1-5-1 overall and 0-3-0 in the MIAC.
The Gusties currently have the top scoring offense in the MIAC – averaging 3.33 goals per game, which ranks 14th NCAA Division III. Gustavus has allowed four goals and recorded six shutouts for a goals against average of 0.43 (15th/NCAA).
Freshman striker Zach Brown enters the week riding a four-game goal-streak that started in the 2-1 loss to St. Olaf on Sept. 14 in St. Peter. Brown put his name on the map by scoring Gustavus’ two goals last Saturday in the overtime victory over the Johnnies, scoring the go-ahead goal and game winner in the 102nd minute. Brown now leads all freshman in the conference in scoring with 16 points (7G, 2A).
Senior Mark Adams leads the team in scoring with seven goals and five assists for 19 points. Adams is chasing the second 20-point season of his career, while junior Jackson Zoellner also has double-digit points with three goals and a team-high seven assists. Zoellner had a career-high four points (1G, 2A) at Buena Vista on Wednesday.
Primary goalkeeper Brett Ylonen enters tonight’s match at 6-1-0 overall with a save percentage of .833 and a goals against average of 0.70. Ylonen has made a total of 20 saves and with four goals allowed this season.
Head Coach Mike Middleton’s club is slated for two MIAC tests on the road this week. Following tonight’s 7:00 p.m. match in Winona, Minn., the Gusties will travel to Northfield, Minn. to take on Carleton on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 1:00 p.m