LAMONI, IA – Graceland University men's soccer played to a scoreless draw with William Woods University to open the season.
Head men's soccer coach Bryan Courtney said the following after the game, "I was pleased with the effort we gave today. Several players stood out in the game. Joao did a great job of setting the tone for our team. He has a tireless work rate in the middle of the field. Jose did a great job of holding the ball for us up top, which allowed us to transition effectively. Many of the freshman held up very well to the physical nature of the college game as they got their collective feet wet. We are still lacking some of the cohesion that will enable us to take the next step as a team, but I am very encouraged with our potential to grow."
Graceland University started the game off strong, controlling the ball. Graceland worked to move the ball, playing in combination to switch the field. Senior Robbie Turk marked the first shot on goal of the contest just seven minutes into play. Momentum began to switch as the Owls applied the pressure, earning four corner kicks over a 10 minute span. At half time, the Owls held a 7-2 advantage in total shots, placing three shots on goal.
In the second half, Graceland again started off strong, earning a pair of corner kicks in the first five minutes. Play went back and forth with both team's working to counter on each other. The Jackets offense produced seven shots in the second half, placing four on frame. The Owls tabbed six, but one marked one on target. The second half remained scoreless, forcing overtime.
During the first overtime, Graceland earned back-to-back corner kicks early and followed with a pair of shots. Junior midfielder, Gerardo Salgado gave the Jackets their best chance to score of the period from the top of the 18 in the final seconds of the period.
With the contest still scoreless, the teams were forced into a second overtime. Graceland marked one shot, as the contest ended in a 0-0 tie.
Both teams tabbed 14 shots in the contest with Graceland holding a 7-5 advantage. Robbie Turk led the Yellowjackets with three shots, all on goal. Freshman goalkeeper Dylan Deason made four saves.
Men's soccer will play next at home on Aug. 26 against Northwestern College (Iowa).
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