WILMORE- It was the first time in school history Midway University met Asbury University in men's soccer and the meeting between the schools didn't disappoint. Chances at both ends came up empty through the first half and much of the second before Midway broke the scoreless tie with a put-back goal for the 1-0 lead and eventually a win by the same score.
Carlos Pinto's follow up opportunity for the visitors was the difference maker in the game, coming in the 79th minute after a Brandon Patterson save. It was Patterson's only misstep of the game, coming off a diving save that preserved the scoreless tie, if only for a few seconds.
He played well between the pipes, as did the defense in front of him, keeping the yellow-clad opponents in check. Patterson finished with five saves on the night including an impressive diver in the first half around the 33rd minute.
The Eagles, who dropped to 8-4-1 on the season and 3-2 in River States play, had some quality opportunities to take the lead first in the game. None was going to be better than a redirection opportunity for Cliff Evans on the doorstep late in the first half. He took a service from the corner from Noah Welch and got as good a touch as one might hope at the top of the penalty area, but unfortunately the chance was just off target.
A barrage of opportunities saw fruition near the end of the game as the Eagles desperately looked for the equalizer. A Zack Andrews chance in the last two minutes of the contest looked destined for the back of the net but went just wide. Fans in attendance thought the Eagles had won a corner for the team but the officials disagreed and it'd be booted away by the keeper off a goal kick, ending the chances for the Eagles to knot it at one apiece.
In the end, it was the wrong Eagles on top 1-0. Both teams garnered two corners and Midway doubled up AU in shot attempts at 14-7. Asbury was whistled for 15 fouls in the game to Midway's seven.
Asbury will return to the pitch for two road games next week. A road test against non-conference opponent Georgetown precusors a Saturday showdown at Ohio Christian.