Cougars snap win streak but continue to play strong

Josh Sturm – Sports Editor

12 men soccer

Photo by Alex Schenkel: Goalkeeper Jon Gerlach leaps to make save during the Cougars 3-0 victory over Asbury.

The MVNU men’s soccer team has opened up conference play with two wins and a draw.

The wins came by way of a 2-1 overtime thriller at the University of Saint Francis and a 3-1 handling of Huntington University.

Most recently the Cougars played to a double overtime draw at home against Spring Arbor, a rivalry that is never absent of tension or high tempers.

Both teams had their fair share of chippy plays and screaming, the latter coming mostly from the Spring Arbor bench. The game ended in a scoreless tie on a cold and dreary day.

“Today was a great match,” MVNU coach Andrew Belleman said. “Spring Arbor is a good team who made some good adjustments to make things difficult on us.

“I thought we responded well, created chances early, and were strong late in the match.”

Belleman said he is pleased with his team’s progress. We are figuring out who we are and at the right time,” he said. “I’m proud of how they are playing and competing right now.”

The Cougars had put together a five-game win streak prior to the tie against Spring Arbor.

At the beginning of the week, Belleman’s squad had a record of 7-3-2 putting them right in the thick of things in the Crossroads League. The are home on Saturday against Grace College at 2 p.m.