Warriors Fall To Falcons In NACC Tournament First Round

Photo Credit: David Malamut, d3photography.com
Photo Credit: David Malamut, d3photography.com

MEQUON, Wis. (WLCSports.com) – Three first-half goals proved to be the difference as the fifth-seeded Wisconsin Lutheran College men's soccer team's season came to an end Sunday afternoon with a 3-0 defeat at fourth-seeded Concordia Wisconsin in the first round of the 2018 NACC Tournament at Fitting Field. It was the Warriors' third NACC Tournament appearance in the last four seasons.

  • Final Score: Concordia Wisconsin 3, Wisconsin Lutheran 0
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (7-11-0), Concordia Wisconsin (11-6-1)
  • Location: Fitting Field, Mequon, Wis.

  • After the center official called a foul inside the box, the hosts got on the board first in the 26' when Dagoberto Diaz beat the keeper on a penalty kick to give the Falcons a 1-0 lead.
  • Concordia Wisconsin added a second goal quickly after in the 30' when Simon Da-Silva took a pass from Diaz and found the back of the net for his sixth goal of the season.
  • In the final minute of the first half, CUW tacked a goal on with Zach Gyuricza's fifth of the year.
  • Concordia Wisconsin's defense proved tough in the second half as it limited WLC to just five shots and only one recorded on goal.
  • Despite a pressured attack from the Falcons which included 13 shots, the Warriors kept the hosts off the scoreboard in the second half of action.

  • Jason Cano (Delavan, Wis.) and Jake Buhler (Greenville, Wis.) each recorded three shots in the contest to lead the Warriors.
  • WLC managed 12 shots and three shots on target.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran had five corner kicks, all in the first half.
  • Cedric Guichard (Plantation, Fla.) made 13 saves in 90 minutes in his final career game for the Green and White.
  • The contest marked the final career game for the Warriors' eight seniors.

  • The Falcons recorded a total of 38 shots in the match, led by Da-Silva's nine.
  • Three different CUW players recorded a goal in the tournament contest.
  • Nate Yeager improved to 8-4-1 on the season while making saves on all three shots he faced.
  • Concordia Wisconsin advances to the NACC Tournament Semifinal on Wednesday when it will face top-seeded MSOE.

  • Wisconsin Lutheran concludes its 2018 season with a 7-11-0 overall record and a 6-5-0 mark in the NACC. WLC's six conference wins are its most since the 2012 season. The Warriors also made their sixth NACC Tournament appearance and their third in the last four seasons.