Box Score KALAMAZOO, Mich
.- The Western Michigan men's soccer team opened its season with a dramatic come from behind win over LIU Brooklyn 3-2. Senior defender Zach Bock
found the back of the net off a set piece to give the Broncos the win in the 81st
"I thought we were very poor in the first half. Much of that was because Brooklyn came out very sharp in their possession," WMU head coach Chad Wiseman
said. "Brooklyn was tougher than us in the first half, we weren't ourselves. I felt we gifted them two goals."
Brooklyn took control much of the first half and created good opportunities on goal. Redshirt senior goalkeeper Drew Shepherd
got caught in a bad spot which led to an easy goal for Rasmus Hansen for LIU Brooklyn.
Play got physical and chippy toward the end of the first half. A yellow card was issued to Shepherd in the 31st
minute after coming out of his line hard. This gave LIU Brooklyn a penalty kick, which was converted by Romario Guscott to extend the Blackbirds lead to 2-0. Another yellow yard was issued to redshirt junior midfielder Jake Rufe
after a rough tackle on a LIU Brooklyn player.
After the 2-0 deficit at halftime, junior defender Ben Thornton
gave the Broncos a huge spark in the second half. In the 57th
minute Thornton sent a ball into the box that deflected off defenders and landed at the feet of junior midfielder Nathan Hoover
who sent a rocket into the back of the net to make it a one goal game.
Thornton again got some space in the 77th
minute and sent a cross into the box for junior midfielder Kosti Moni
to head into goal. This big goal to tie the game was Moni's first in his Bronco collegiate career.
The game-winning goal came in the 81st
minute. Moni delivered a cross off a free kick to the back side of the goal to a sliding Bock who was able to get a foot on the ball and send it in for the goal to give the Broncos a 3-2 lead.
"We used the momentum of one goal to lead us to the next goal and the next goal," Wiseman stated. "I'm very proud of the guys and happy we found a way to get the result we wanted. Many teams would have folded but we didn't we kept fighting."
WMU will host Stetson at 11 a.m. as a part of the Fill the Farm Day doubleheader. Afterword, at 2 p.m. the WMU women's soccer team will face off against Indiana. The first 100 kids to both games will receive a WMU soccer t-shirt. Admission to all home WMU soccer games is free.