by Michael Simmelink
The Red Raiders picked up one victory Monday for a Westminster Labor Day Tournament record of 1-2.
On Friday the men lost 1-0 to host’s Westminster in overtime. Saturday saw another tough game as Northwestern fell 2-1 to the University of Great Falls in double overtime. Freshman Justin Lehman put in the lone Raider goal with an assist from freshman Travis Sytsma.
Monday’s game against Olivet Nazarene looked to be another one destined for overtime after sophomore Jonathan Taves tied it at 1-1 in the 52nd minute. The contest was deadlocked until sophomore Mario Garcia finished on a Sytsma cross in the 85th minute to put the Raiders ahead. Senior keeper Jeff Lanser made six saves in the match.
NW fought through rainy conditions to take home a 2-0 against host Buena Vista Wednesday night.
NW controlled the majority of the match despite making mistakes of their own, but Buena Vista couldn’t capitalize on their opportunities.
Garcia struck first for the Raiders on a through ball from Sytsma in the 27th minute. Freshman Harri Edwards also found the back of the net in the 80th minute. Lanser made four saves and recorded a shutout.
NW will travel to Sioux Falls on September 15th for a 7:30 game.