SAU Buzz

Men’s soccer fights for first win

by Charles Hanley
Posted on Sep 13, 2019

The St. Ambrose University men's soccer team battled for a win to start the season but ended with a 1-0 loss to Culver-Stockton College. 

Their first game was on home territory on August 28. SAU keeper Lewis Moston made five saves for the team but could not coral the shot from Javier Magallon at 24:07 mark in the first half. 

"Our men need to improve defensively from last year, and so far, we have seen this improvement. It has lead to tight games where we have given ourselves a chance to win," Jon Manall, SAU men and women's head soccer coach, said. "Our men need to build on the principles we have set for ourselves in the opening games and steadily build. We are capable of winning any game this season if we maintain our mental strength as a group." 

The team shut out Culver-Stockton in the second half but weren't able to make it onto the scoreboard. They were only able to get in one shot attempt during the game. 

"We faced a tough team- very organized. They played their game, and we couldn't break their defensive line, so merits to them," holding midfielder Ronald Gaspar Leon said. "We need to work on our communication. It is normal to have miscommunication in the first games. After the goal, we had a good defense that didn't allow them to score the second goal. College soccer is very physical and fast. We have to be very concentrated in order to make good plays and keep a clear sheet."