The Gustavus Adolphus men’s soccer team used a late scoring surge to push past Hamline 2-0 on Wednesday afternoon in St. Paul. Sophomore forward Zach Brown (Eau Claire, Wis.) proved once again that he is a striker to be reckoned with, scoring two goals for the third time in the past five games. Gustavus picks up its second straight shutout win, improving to 9-2-1 overall and 5-1-1 in the MIAC. Hamline now drops to 2-10-1 overall and 0-7-0 in the MIAC.
“We controlled possession for much of the game and we moved the ball beautifully at times,” said Head Coach Mike Middleton. “This is certainly a team that loves to play. I’m really pleased with the lads – this is a group coaches dream about. They are top notch.”
Although the Gusties outshot the Pipers 7-2 in the opening half, Hamline goalkeeper Derrick Mora stopped the only two shots coming his way. The two teams went into break with the scored knotted at 0-0.
It took until the 65th minute of the match before Gustavus would score its first goal. At 65:26, Zach Brown buried a feed from Sean Sendelbach (Jr., Sioux Falls, S.D.) for the opening goal of the match. The assist was Sendelbach’s first point of the 2012 season.
Less than ten minutes later at 72:59, Brown did it again. This time he scored an unassisted goal, his 10th total goal of the season, to bring the score to a final at 2-0.
“Some really top class individual showings today. Without wishing to highlight any one player, I simply can’t say enough about a towering performance from Sean Sendelbach today. He forced the team forward with great strength and personality. At times it was like watching Mel Gibson in Braveheart,” said Middleton.
Gustavus finished the match with a 15-4 shots advantage and a 5-4 edge in corner kicks.
Brett Ylonen (So., Lake Elmo, Minn.) earns the victory in goal after stopping Hamline’s only two shots on net. Ylonen improves to 8-2-0 on the year, dropping his goals average down to 0.70 and increasing his save percentage to .849.
Mora suffers the loss for the Pipers, allowing two goals and making five saves.
With two consecutive MIAC victories under its belt, the Gustavus men’s soccer team will head to Minneapolis on Saturday, Oct. 13 to take on Augsburg. Kick off for the match is set for 1:00 p.m.