Storm men’s soccer perseveres through heat, humidity; improves 3-0

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by Hunter Hillygus, Sports Reporter

The men’s soccer team battled through heat and humidity on Sunday to improve to 3-0 on the season, defeating Concordia-Moorhead, who dropped to 0-3 in the year.

The Storm pushed the pace early and often, creating multiple scoring chances in the first half, but couldn’t push anything past Concordia goalkeeper Ben Glogoza.

“That’s kind of been the story of our season early on. We’ve statistically dominated matches, but the scoreboard doesn’t show that. That’s the next step for us. The scoreboard has to show that domination the statistics are showing,” Storm head coach Rick Isaacson said.

Concordia junior Sage Thornburgh broke the 0-0 tie in the 39th minute off of a free kick just outside of the box, giving the Cobbers their second goal of the season.

The second half was a different story for both sides, as the Storm came out of gate a much more aggressive team.

After many more scoring chances that weren’t taken advantage of, sophomore Garrett Pochop put home the equalizer for the Storm in the 67th minute off of a deflection in the box for his second goal of the season.

Keeping up a strong pace, the Storm drew a corner in the 80th minute and took advantage. Tyler Neumann headed in a beautiful ball from Cody Jacobson for the go-ahead and eventual game-winning goal, his second of the season.

Statistics backed up Isaacson’s claim of domination, as the Storm outshot Concordia 20-10, while taking 14 corners and giving up none.

“It was a gutsy performance, and you schedule back to backs like this early in the season so your guys are prepared down the road. Our guys did a great job playing in the hot conditions, we relied on our depth our depth really won us these two games,” Isaacson said.

The Storm men are back in action next Saturday when they travel to St. Paul, Minnesota to take on Bethel College.

“We’ve got to start to polish some things up in the attacking third of the field. When you dominate matches but you’re not scoring goals, you’ve got to figure out how you’re going to score goals,” Isaacson said.