Eagle Men Draw With Wildcats In The U.P.

Eagle Men Draw With Wildcats In The U.P.

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THE TURNING POINT: In the 82nd minute, freshman midfielder Justin Kowalski tied Friday's game at 1 with his first collegiate goal on a feed from fellow freshman midfielder Liam Duncan.

STAT OF THE DAY: The tie with the Wildcats is the Eagles' first of 2016, and the program's first draw since Oct. 19, 2012 (1-1 at Findlay).

In the second and final meeting of 2016 between two new teams, Ashland University's men's soccer team earned a 1-1 tie at Northern Michigan on Friday (Oct. 7) afternoon.

Ashland is a reinstated program, while NMU is a brand new one. Thanks to Friday's tie, the Eagles won the season series with the Wildcats, 1-0-1.

"It was a pleasing point," said Ashland head coach Oliver Slawson. "On the road, coming from a goal down, we saw the type of character and attitude that's going to ensure we grow as a team and program."

Both goals on Friday were scored in the final 25 minutes of regulation. Northern Michigan got on the board first in the 66th minute on a goal by freshman center back Ivar Arnason.

In the 82nd minute, freshman midfielder Justin Kowalski tallied his first collegiate goal on a feed from another freshman midfielder, Liam Duncan, who recorded his first college assist.

Neither team scored in overtime despite Ashland's four shots in the first 10 minutes and Northern's three shots in the second 10. The two teams each had 18 shots in the contest.

Ashland senior goalkeeper Nick Ciraldo made 10 saves while lowering his season goals-against average to 1.66.

Friday's tie is the 30th all-time for Ashland men's soccer (176-132-30).

UP NEXT: Wednesday (Oct. 12) at noon at Lake Erie.

 
 

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