Adrian College Men’s Soccer continued its impressive winning streak to start off the season by adding two wins against visiting Heidelberg and the University of Michigan-Dearborn this past weekend.
The first matchup, against the Princes of Heidelberg University, was a classic tooth-and-nail battle between two prestigious programs. The Bulldogs and the Princes fought back and forth, taking countless shots, having endless scoring opportunities, all while showing pure grit and intensity on the field. As the first half ended both teams remained scoreless, but the Bulldogs were happy with having a 4-1 shot on goal advantage going into the break.
In the second half, the teams battled before the Bulldogs received the break they were looking for. After a penalty, Adrian’s Zach Combs lined up for a penalty kick, and puts it in the net right past the keeper’s fingertips, marking his second goal of the season. The Bulldogs secure the win with a spectacular goal from freshman Dylan Wismont, who leads the team in goals this season with three. His goal was assisted by Elliot Hughes and gave the Bulldogs a 2-0 win, while goalkeeper Spencer Brown collected four saves and his third consecutive win.
Unlike Friday’s match, Saturday’s outing against UM Dearborn ended up looking like a highlight reel for the Bulldogs. They earned three corner kicks and a penalty kick within the first three minutes of play. Twenty minutes later, Adrian scored their first goal of the contest as Brendan Koziol earns his first career goal after redirecting a Garret Miller corner kick. UM Dearborn is next to score from a corner kick, evening the score at 1-1. Less than two minutes later another defensemen for the Bulldogs, Justin Tobin, headers his first goal of the season, giving goalkeeper Spencer Brown his fifth win of the season.
“I love the way my team is playing, they work hard, they communicate, and execute” says head coach Ryan McDonald. “All we ask is that they continue to do these things, focus on getting better every day, and we’ll win games.”
The victories over Heidelberg and UM Dearborn, followed by another victory against the University of Rochester, puts the men’s team at an impressive 6-0 record to start the season. With conference play beginning in early October, only time will tell to see if the Bulldogs can keep their winning streak alive.