Northwestern and Briar Cliff battled for 110 minutes on Wednesday, Oct. 20, but in a barrage of 35 combined shots, none were able to find the back of the net and the scored remained tied at 0-0. The Raiders had 13 shots on goal and the Chargers had six. Freshman Kolby Kyle led NW with four shots on goal. Fellow freshmen Jeriah Dunk and Travis Sytsma each had two shots on goal. Senior Jeff Lanser made six saves at goalkeeper and picked up his third shut-out of the season.
The Raiders had more luck last Saturday, Oct. 16, conquering Midland 4-0. NW had 17 shots, nine on goal, and held the Warriors to eight shots, two on goal. Senior Ben Karnish led the offense with three shots and one goal. Sophomores Mario Garcia and Brandon Hammack each had two shots and one goal and Kyle scored on his only shot. Lanser picked up the shut out in goal.
The Defenders scored the only goal of the night on a penalty kick on Wednesday, Oct. 13, and defeated the Raiders 1-0. The score did not reflect the game, though, as NW out-shot Dordt 20-3. Freshman Justin Lehman took six shots to lead the team. Garcia had five shots, three on goal. Sophomore Jonathan Taves had four shots, two on goal, and Kyle took three shots, one on goal. Lanser allowed one goal and made one save.
Another close game led to a Raider loss, as Nebraska Wesleyan claimed a 3-2 double overtime victory on Saturday, Oct. 9. NW had 16 shots compared to NWU’s 12. Taves scored two goals, one on an assist from senior Dereck Ball, and had five shots. Kyle and sophomore Taylor Biggs had three shots. Lanser had five saves and allowed three goals.
The Raiders finish regular season play against GPAC leader Hastings at home on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.