Quick start sends Mside into GPAC semifinals
SIOUX CITY, IOWA – Seven saves by senior goalkeeper Tim Erdmann (Hamburg, Germany) and a pair of first half goals provided the formula for Morningside College’s advancement to the final four of the 2018 Great Plains Athletic Conference postseason tournament Thursday, Nov. 1.
Sophomore midfielder Julius Fassbinder (Freiburg, Germany) rifled an absolute bullet into the upper right shelf of the Jamestown College goal on a free kick in the 25thminute. Less than 10 minutes later, senior forward Murat Turan (Bergisch Gladbach, Germany) toed a perfectly placed through ball to freshman forward Moritz Lusch (Verl, Germany) who deked a shot past the lunging opposing keeper into the left side of the goal for a 2-0 Mustangs’ lead. From that point, Erdmann and the defense worked effectively, even in the midst of a massive Jimmies’ offense attack in the final 15 minutes, to wrap up the quarterfinal round victory at Elwood Olsen Stadium.
Improving to 12-5-1, head coach Tom Maxon’s side registered 20 shots, nine of which were on goal. The trio of Lusch, freshman forward Okan Goelge (Bergisch Gladbach, Germany) and senior forward Filipe Wolff (Sao Paulo, Brazil) made themselves at home throughout the 90-minute match deep in Jamestown’s offensive end, combining for 12 total strikes, eight of which were on frame.
Morningside advances into a semifinal meeting with crosstown league rival Briar Cliff Tuesday, Nov. 6. Match time is 7 p.m.