THE TURNING POINT: Ashland potted the game's lone goal in the 79th minute when junior midfielder Malcolm Mohrmann scored his first goal as an Eagle.
STAT OF THE DAY: The Eagles won despite being outshot 11-9 and despite Findlay taking all five of the game's corner kicks.
Improvement is good.
Winning is better.
In this comeback season of 2016, Ashland University's men's soccer team has seen its share of improvement. On Friday (Oct. 28) night against Findlay at Ferguson Field, for the first time since Sept. 25, the Eagles turned improvement into a win, 1-0.
"That's the thing for the team, for them to get a win," said Ashland head coach Oliver Slawson. "That then, in regards to the process, that justifies the hard work, to see a win next to the name. I like the fact that we stuck to our style.
"It was a deserved win. They (Findlay) had to come here and give it their best shot."
Ashland is 5-11-1 overall and 3-11-1 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, while the Oilers are 7-9-1, 6-8-1.
A scoreless tie for 78 minutes was broken by the foot of junior midfielder Malcolm Mohrmann, who scored his first goal as an Eagle on a pass from freshman forward/midfielder Chad Johnson, who earned his first collegiate assist.
"We want midfielders who can play both ways," Slawson said of Mohrmann. "And he did that, and he's done it all year, and he's just not gotten his rewards. I'm glad for that."
Senior goalkeeper Nick Ciraldo, playing his next-to-last collegiate game, made that goal stand up, recording his third shutout of the season thanks to eight saves.
"He's been great. He's been a real leader," Slawson said. "He's been in the trenches. He knows what it's about.
"We're building in the things that we need to see in this foundation year, and it's still there – our tempo, our rhythm."
UP NEXT: The 2016 season finale on Sunday (Oct. 30) at 4 p.m. at home against Tiffin.