|Northwestern/Morningside Pizza Ranch Classic|
Fri, Sep 5 - Sat, Sep 6
|Venue:||NWC Soccer Complex|
|Location:||Orange City, IA|
Northwestern returns to the pitch after a week off to host the Pizza Ranch Classic on Friday and Saturday. Northwestern (1-0-1) defeated Trinity Christian last week, 1-0 and tied with Bethel (Ind.) 5-5 in the Trinity Christian Invite in Palos Heights, Ill.
The Red Raiders will host Viterbo (Wis.) (0-4) on Friday at 5:00 pm and Cornerstone (Mich.) (0-1) on Saturday at 5:00 pm.
Viterbo has also played Trinity Christian this season, falling 2-0 in their first game of the season. They have also dropped contests to Cardinal Stritch, Madonna, and Judson by the scores of 2-1, 3-0, and 5-0 respectively. Viterbo has been out-shot 87-27 in their first four matches. Garet Paplinski has scored Viterbo's only goal while Sam Renstrom assisted Paplinski. Chris Gosselin has started all four matches in goal and has allowed 12 goals in four games while making 35 saves.
Cornerstone dropped their only match of the season to Purdue University-Calumet by the score of 3-2 in overtime. The Golden Eagles were out-shot 15-12 in the match but had five shots on goal to four by PU-C. Mario Williams and Garrett Nimmo both scored goals for Cornerstone while Tristan Esprit picked up an assist. Goalkeeper Nick Hopkins made two saves and allowed three goals in 96 minutes of play.
Northwestern had two very different games last weekend, defeating Trinity Christian 1-0 and tying Bethel 5-5 after two overtimes.
Against TCC, Northwestern scored the only goal of the match on a goal from Ryan Johnson, assisted by Tukker Bogaard, in the 28th minute. Northwestern out-shot Trinity Christian 5-2 in the first half and held a 5-0 corner kick advantage through the first 45 minutes.
In the second half, Trinity Christian out-shot Northwestern 4-3 and had two corner kicks. The Raiders' defense was air tight, however, keeping the Trolls out of the net and holding on for the shut-out victory.
Aaron Bosch made four saves and faced only six shots. Bogaard led Northwestern with three of the eight team shots. Gabriel Goncalves had two shots and three Raiders had one shot, including Johnson, who scored the only goal of the match.
The second match of the weekend was significantly different than the first for the Red Raiders. Northwestern and Bethel combined for ten goals on 35 shots. Only seven total shots came in the two overtime periods and neither team was able to find the golden goal for the victory.
Northwestern opened the scoring in the 14th minute on a penalty kick by Koray Karakas. Bethel answered five minutes later, in the 19th minute, on a goal by Pedro Amaral, assisted by Ricardo Carvalho. Three minutes later Bethel took the lead when Carvalho found Caleb Morris. After three goals in eight minutes, neither team was able to get back on the scoreboard until the 40th minute when Asher Bates picked up a goal for Northwestern, assisted by Wesley Lockwood, to tie the match at 2-2 heading into halftime. Bethel held a 9-6 shot advantage after one half and a 2-1 corner kick advantage.
The second half opened up quickly for Bethel as Amaral picked up his second goal of the match just 23 seconds after the break to give Bethel a 3-2 advantage. A Bethel own goal in the 74th minute game Northwestern the tie they had been working for but Bethel answered the call finding the back of the net in the 77th minute on Carvalho's first goal. Northwestern got the equalizer five minutes later on Karakas' second goal of the day, assisted by Gabriel Goncalves.
Bethel again retook the lead in quick fashion, scoring just two minutes later on Amaral's third goal. Coach Dan Swier's squad was not fazed however, picking up another equalizer with less than 90 seconds remaining on Landon Sibole's first goal on the season, assisted by Karakas. Both defenses held tight for the remaining seconds and the match headed to overtime. In the second half Bethel out-shot Northwestern, 8-5, and registered a 5-2 corner kick advantage.
In the two overtime periods neither offense was able to beat the keeper and the defenses held tight, allowing only three and four shots respectively. Each keeper only made one overtime save.
Koray Karakas, Ryan Johnson, and Landon Sibole led the team with three shots each, Karakas scored twice and Sibole once. Asher Bates came off of the bench and collected a goal on his only shot. Goncalves, Lockwood, and Karakas picked up assists in the match.
Aaron Bosch made seven saves in 110 minutes and allowed five goals.
Northwestern will host Mt. Mercy on Sept. 10th.
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