INDIANOLA, Iowa – A win against a formidable Dubuque team would have been just what the men’s soccer team need to start a turn around to their season on Saturday.
Sitting a 4-5-1 on the year, and 0-1 in conference, Saturday’s game was a pivotal moment in Simpson’s season as it look to make a statement after being knocked out of the 2014 IIAC Tournament by the Spartans.
But, despite tying the game 1-1 in the 86th minute, Dubuque rallied to score a shocking breakaway goal in the 89th minute to escape with a 2-1 win.
Simpson (4-6-1, 0-2-0) put heavy pressure on the Dubuque back line for much of the game, and in-fact outshot the Spartans 14-12 on the day. But, both teams were locked in a 0-0 stalemate until Skylar Showalter scored a breakaway goal in the 76th minute to giving the Spartans (7-2-1, 2-0-0) a 1-0 lead.
That margin wouldn’t hold for long, as Tyler Neumann blasted a shot that caromed off Louis Joslyn, redirecting the ball hockey-style into the back of the net to knot the game up.
The Storm didn’t relent, pushing the ball into Dubuque territory once again, but a counterattack set up the rangy 6-5 Spaniard, Gonzalo Hernandez for a fast break game-winning score.
The heartbreaking loss puts extra weight on the five remaining Iowa Conference games this season. Simpson won’t get a chance to redeem themselves in league action until Saturday, Oct. 10 though as Elmhurst comes to Indianola for a 5 p.m. matchup on Monday.