DETROIT- The Western Michigan men's soccer team wrapped up its preseason matches with a 4-0 road win at Detroit Mercy on Saturday afternoon.
"It was a very good performance from the guys. We were able to have the majority of the game played on our terms," head coach Chad Wiseman said, "In the second half I thought we really showed our depth. We scored some nice goals. A few of them right off the training field."
The Broncos got on the board early in the 14th minute of the match. Redshirt junior goalkeeper Eli Michaels cleared the ball to the midfield where redshirt freshman midfielder Pepe Martinez-Bertrand flicked it to senior midfielder Brandon Bye. Bye got a touch on the ball and took a shot from 20 yards out and past the Titan goalkeeper, giving WMU a 1-0 lead.
Right before the half in the 40th minute redshirt junior midfielder Tommy Clark got free on the left side and delivered a ball to the far post for junior midfielder Cameron Sipple, who headed it past the Detroit Mercy goalkeeper.
In the second half, the Broncos kept rolling. In the 68th minute Bye was able to get a ball past Detroit's back line to Martinez-Bertrand who got past a defender and put a shot in the back of the net giving WMU a 3-0 lead.
The final goal from Western Michigan came in the 82nd minute of the match. Freshman midfielder Kason Krall slipped a ball in between the right and center backs for Bye who made a good run inside the 18-yard box and was able to put the ball in at the far post.
"We continue to grow as a team and today we showed a personality we haven't seen yet. I thought we showed good patience when we needed to," Wiseman stated, "Were getting closer to being ready for the season and the home opener. We will be looking forward to playing in front of our fans and supporters next Friday."
Western Michigan opens their 2017 campaign Friday, Aug. 25 at the WMU Soccer Complex against LIU Brooklyn at 5 p.m.