MLC falls 6-1 to UW-Superior in UMAC men’s soccer

NEW ULM — The Martin Luther College men’s soccer team fell to UW-Superior 6-1 on Saturday afternoon in Upper Midwest Athletic Conference action.

MLC (5-7, 4-3) took the first goal of the game on an unassisted goal by Ethan Schultz after drawing the UW-Superior keeper out of the goal. The goal occurred in just the second minute of play.

UW-Superior then took three goals back unanswered to lead 3-1 after 28 minutes of play. The Knights looked to have added another goal after the ball bounced off the chest of Justin Steinke, which then led to a Joseph Graumann goal to the left. The goal was waved off, however, after the officials declared a handball violation.

UW-Superior led 4-1 at the half after Blake Doyea scored his second goal of the day in the 45th minute.

Jon Bucklew scored his second goal of the day for UW-Superior in the 62nd minute on a shot from the 18. Miguel Ocampo scored the Yellowjackets final goal of the day in the 87th minute.

MLC had an 11-10 advantage after a red card led to UW-Superior’s Harry Simpson being ejected in the second half of play, but the Knights couldn’t capitalize on it against the speedy Yellowjackets.

MLC coach Paul Koelpin felt that his team came out right away with a lot of energy, but let up too much as the game went on.

“We’re a good team,” Koelpin said. “There’s no question. I think we have good players and I think that we are a team that is capable of matching up with [UW-] Superior better than this.

“I thought we came out with great momentum, great energy and great spirit and so forth, but we let that fade,” Koelpin said. “Only the guys on the field can do something about that. They have to have the internal energy and momentum to ensure that things don’t go negatively and that we continue with some positive momentum.”

MLC hosts Minnesota Morris at 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday.


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