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Coyote Men’s Soccer Drops Home Opener

KSAL Sports - September 19, 2013 6:07 am

The Kansas Wesleyan Men’s Soccer team finally got a chance to play in front of its home crowd on Wednesday night at Salina Stadium, but the result was what no Coyote fan wanted to see. The visiting MidAmerica Nazarene Pioneers scored a first half goal and turned up the defensive pressure to keep the Coyotes off the board as the No. 16 ranked Pioneers edged the No. 21 ranked Coyotes 1-0 in the KWU home opener.

A majority of the match was played in the middle of the field as both teams struggled to put together a sustained offensive attack for much of the match.

The MidAmerica goal came on a scrum in front of the net following a throw-in from deep on the right side of the pitch. Late in the 23rd minute Eddie Morales tossed a long throw-in that reached the 6-yard box area right in front of the Wesleyan goal and amongst a crowd of players for both MNU and KWU, MNU’s Jonathan Babcock got a foot on the ball and shot it upward into the top of the net for what turned out to be the only goal of the match.

Wesleyan had its best looks at goals in the second half, as Ryan Ingassia’s header in the 68th minute was just wide and another header by Jesse Lennon in the 80th minute was just high.

MNU outshot the Coyotes 10-4 led by Lucas Machado with four. Four different Wesleyan players each took a shot and Alex Montiel went the distance in goal recording two saves.

The road warrior Coyotes are back on the road on Saturday as they head to Baldwin City to take on Baker University. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. from Liston Stadium on the Baker campus.