Storm, Cougars topple Rams in UMAC Play
|North Central (3-6-1, 2-4 UMAC)||0||1||1|
|Minn.-Morris (5-5-1, 5-1 UMAC)||4||3||7|
|1st - 5:03||Devin Chuba (Minn.-Morris)|
|1st - 15:05||Ebrima Badgie (Minn.-Morris)|
|1st - 21:11||Ebrima Badgie (Minn.-Morris)|
|1st - 43:39||Ravi Butler (Minn.-Morris)|
|2nd - 54:50||Christian Stepaniak (North Central)|
|2nd - 58:41||Ebrima Badgie (Minn.-Morris)|
|2nd - 69:18||Mitchell Boster (Minn.-Morris)|
|2nd - 71:12||John Hastings (Minn.-Morris)|
Christian Stepaniak - 1
Sh: 6 Players (#3, #6, #11, #13, #15, #18 - 1)
Sv: Nathan Kraines - 10
Ebrima Badgie - 3
A: 4 Players (#5, #6, #28, #31 - 1)
Sh: Ebrima Badgie - 5
Sv: Ricardo Pinto - 1
|TEAM STATISTICS||North Central||Minn.-Morris|
|Shots (on goal)||6 (2)||34 (17)|
|North Central (3-5-1)||0||1||1|
|Crown (Minn.) (4-5)||0||2||2|
|2nd - 51:22||Christian Stepaniak (North Central)|
|2nd - 56:16||Kevin Hepner (Crown (Minn.))|
|2nd - 82:55||Jonathon Kue (Crown (Minn.))|
|North Central||Crown (Minn.)|
Christian Stepaniak - 1
Sh: Stephen Johnson - 5
Sv: Nathan Kraines - 13
2 Players (#10, #14 - 1)
A: Jason Budish - 1
Sh: Truman Shetler - 12
Sv: Duncan Sloan - 8
|TEAM STATISTICS||North Central||Crown (Minn.)|
|Shots (on goal)||13 (10)||37 (15)|
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.-- North Central University Men's Soccer was on the short end of a pair of weekend road conference matches on Friday and Saturday. Friday saw NCU strike first but come up short in the final five minutes in a 2-1 loss at Crown College. Saturday the Rams were the victims of an offensive outburst that game the University of Minnesota-Morris a 7-1 win in Morris.
North Central battled Crown College (St. Bonifacius, Minn.) to a scoreless first half draw and then took the lead in the 52nd minute when sophomore forward Christian Stepaniak (Woodbury, Minn./Maranatha Christian) fired home a shot from 30 meters out for his fifth goal of the season.
Five mintues later Crown equalized and the game would remain knotted at 1-1 until the 83rd minute. Crown got the eventual game winner to send the Rams to a 2-1 road loss.
Saturday the Rams traveled to Morris, Minnesota for a battle with the Cougars of Minnesota-Morris. Four first half goals buried the Rams early and UMM did not relent in the final half to earn a 7-1 win over NCU.
Christian Stepaniak scored the lone Rams tally in the 55th minute to establish himself with a team leading 6th of the year. The score also puts him seventh in goals scored in the UMAC.
NCU will be off until the weekend when they play a Friday/Saturday UMAC double header against Northwestern College (St. Paul, Minn.).
Friday the Rams host the Eagles at 4:30 p.m. at Coon Rapids Soccer Complex. Saturday NCU will travel to Northwestern for a Noon kickoff.