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KWU Men’s Soccer Upends Concordia

KSAL Sports - September 9, 2013 5:59 am

BALDWIN CITY – The Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes faced a daunting task on Sunday morning at the North Park Soccer Complex against the No. 6 ranked Concordia (Calif.) Eagles. The No. 23 ranked Coyotes pulled off another incredible upset, knocking off another Top 25 ranked opponent as Wesleyan scored in the 78th minute for a 1-0 win.

Concordia’s offensive attack was relentless but the Coyotes persevered in the match, despite being outshot 20-5 in the match. Wesleyan nearly took an early lead in the third minute, but Cameron Meeker’s shot was stopped by Concordia keeper Jordan Brinkley to keep the match scoreless.

“I am so proud of my boys today,” KWU coach Gabe Romo said. “We worked hard all game and it paid off in the end.”

The Eagles continued to pepper the Wesleyan goal area, but several shots were off target. Wesleyan keeper Alex Montiel made a couple great saves, including one in the 24th minute and again in the 37th to hold the clean sheet into the half.

“Concordia is an amazing team with lots of talent,” Romo said. “The match could have easily went the other way.”

Time after time, the Coyotes fought off chances by Concordia and finally in the 78th minute all the hard work paid off. Freshman, and Salina native Jesse Lennon played a ball deep on the right side into the box and Jeremy Carroll was there with a quick touch to get past the diving keeper and scored the game winning goal.

The game winning shot came less than a minute after Lennon had his own chance in the box but came up just short.

“Jesse played a great ball and Jeremy had a great first touch and composure to finish that ball,” Romo said about the game winner. “He made it look easy, but trust me, it wasn’t by any means.”

Concordia nearly had the equalizer in the 85th minute, but Montiel came up huge again with a save and made three straight great plays on back-to-back-to-back corners by Concordia in the 87th minute.

“Our bench came in with fresh legs and gave us a lift,” Romo said.

Wesleyan was outshot 20-5 in the match, and Meeker’s two early shots led the Coyotes offensively. Montiel recorded a clean sheet with six saves.

Things don’t get any easier down the stretch for Wesleyan who improved to 3-1 with the win. The Coyotes head to Atchison on Wednesday to take on No. 17 ranked Benedictine before the home opener a week from then against No. 4 ranked MidAmerica Nazarene at 8:30 p.m. at Salina Stadium.

“Our team motto is to stay humble, play team defense and work hard,” Romo said. “We have to take it one game at a time and that’s what we will do, move on from this and focus on a tough Benedictine team on the road next week.”