La Crosse, Wis. – The Viterbo University men's soccer team suffered a heartbreaking loss today as they fell 2-1 in overtime to Mount Mercy University in Midwest Collegiate Conference action.
The Mustangs got on the score board first as they got a goal in the 37th minute from Josip Druzijanic on an assist by Bruno DeAraujo. That would be all of the scoring in the first half as the V-Hawks outshot the Mustangs 6-3. Mount Mercy did have a slight 4-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Viterbo came out on a mission in the second half and would score the equalizer in the 57th minute. Freshman Jack Convery (Rochester, Minn.) took a corner kick and curved it into the back of the net for his second goal of the season. Viterbo would again have an advantage in shots as they outshot Mount Mercy 7-3.
The game would enter the extra period as neither team was able to capitalize in the final minutes of regulation. Viterbo would have the first scoring opportunity of the overtime but they would not succeed. Then Milan Kovacs would receive a pass from Jamie Booth that led to a breakaway and Kovacs would capitalize scoring the game winning goal for the Mustangs in the 91st minute.
For the game, the V-Hawks did have a 14-7 advantage in shots but it was Mount Mercy that had a 10-2 edge in corner kicks. Garet Peplinski (So. – Maple Grove, Minn.) would lead the V-Hawks with four shots including two on goal. Luke Newton (Sr. – Richmond, England) got the start in goal for the V-Hawks and made two saves.
The loss drops the V-Hawks to 1-9-1 overall and 0-2-1 in Midwest Collegiate Conference play while the Mustangs improve to 8-4 overall and 2-0 in conference action. Viterbo University will be back in action next when they host Grand View University on Saturday at 3:00 pm.
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