The men’s soccer team wrapped up regular season play on Wednesday with a 1-0 victory over Morningside. Northwestern currently stands at an 11-6-1 record, which puts it in third in the GPAC standings.
The Raiders outshot Morningside 27-8 in the match and generated 14 shots on goal, compared to only five from the Mustangs. Sophomore forward Ryan Johnson led the team with six shots and three on goal. Johnson also scored the match’s only goal in the 55th minute after a pass from sophomore Tukker Bogaard.
“It was a really good ball by Tukker,” junior Zack Schornack said. “He had to slot it by a defender; there was really only one way for the ball to get to (Johnson). Ryan had a good first touch, and it was class finish.”
Sophomore goalkeeper Aaron Bosch made five saves in the match and also picked up his sixth shutout of the season. Bogaard earned an assist. Junior midfielder Gabriel Goncalves had five shots with three on goal. Sophomore midfielder Pedro Fonseca had three shots with two of them on goal. Senior defender Matt Dowie had two shots with both on goal.
On Saturday, NW traveled to Hastings and was defeated 6-0. Even in a lopsided scoring affair, the Raiders did manage to keep up in shots with Hastings. NW shot 22 times compared to 26 of the Broncos.
Goncalves led the team with four shots, and senior midfielder Travis Sytsma had three shots. Six of the 22 NW shots were on goal.
The Raiders will begin postseason play with a home match on Tuesday.