Men’s soccer steals road victory over St. Mary’s

by Brock Borgeson

WINONA, Minn. – The men’s soccer team made it double-digit wins on the year Thursday, riding a Josh Harry goal to win 1-0 over the Cardinals of St. Mary’s University to improve to 10-6 on the season.

There must be something magical about Oct. 9 for Josh Harry, as a year ago to the day, Harry scored his first career goal against Cornell College. Harry’s goal Thursday was only the third of his career, and the first of the 2014 season.

Despite outshooting St. Mary’s (5-6-1) 16-5, Simpson (10-6-0, 1-2 IIAC) was caught in a 0-0 stalemate until Harry scored his goal in the 67th minute. Harry’s goal came unassisted.

Sure hands from Zach McEntee and a solid Storm defense only forced McEntee to make two saves as the Storm held on for the next 23 minutes to secure the 1-0 shutout. The win was also McEntee’s 5th shutout on the season, making him second in the IIAC in shutouts.

Storm season goal-scoring leaders, Mitchell White (6) and Marcus Varnum (4), both put a team-high three shots on goal.

Simpson’s win over St. Mary’s makes them 3-1 on the season against teams from the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC). It was also the Storm’s final non-conference match of the season, making Simpson a solid 9-4 in non-conference play for the year.

Men’s soccer hopes to ride Thursday’s victory into Saturday as they get back to IIAC play with No. 10 Loras College (10-1-1, 3-0-0 IIAC). The two teams are set to kickoff at 4:30 p.m. back at Buxton Stadium in Indianola.