Yellowjackets Rally, Beat Concordia In Overtime
Yellowjackets 3, Concordia 2
Last season, the Yellowjacket men's soccer team was the team known for giving up key goals in the closing minutes of a match. Fast forward a year, and Sunday could be a harbinger of good things to come.
After falling behind early, the Yellowjackets rallied and senior Eric Nilsen (Duluth, Minn.) became the hero, scoring the tying goal in regulation and the winner in overtime, as the Yellowjackets took down the Concordia University Falcons 3-2 on Sunday afternoon in Mequon, Wis.
The Falcons took the lead at 8:03 of the first half on a goal by Alberto Valle to make it 1-0, and it would stay that way into the second half. The lead went to 2-0 on a goal Concordia's Zach Lemler in the 59th minute.
With under ten minutes to play, the Yellowjackets were finally able to break through. Senior defender Dan Warnke (Burnsville, Minn.) took the corner kick feed from John Levenick (Champlin, Minn.) and scored on the header at 81:52 to make it 2-1. Just 1:23 later, the Yellowjackets tied it on Nilsen's unassisted marker, a rebound off a Logan George (Ramsey, Minn.) shot, forcing overtime.
At the 4:44 mark of extra play, Nilsen took a feed from Nate Engel (Maple Grove, Minn.) and buried it for his second goal of the game, giving the Yellowjackets the come-from-behind victory.
Freshman Matt Elder (New Hope, Minn.) made his Yellowjacket debut and picked up the win, making eight saves in the game. Daniel Boklewski made five saves for Concordia, who outshot the Yellowjackets 18-14.
The Yellowjackets (2-0, 0-0 WIAC) will continue their road swing to open the season when they travel to the Collegeville, Minn. on Friday, September 9 for a 5:00 p.m. match against St. John's University.