Fire Power

Photo credit: Kaitlyn Dobson
Photo credit: Kaitlyn Dobson

LINCOLN, Ill. -- Two free kicks from Braeden Hansel and a 30-yard rocket from Kyle Cummins gave the Sabercats a big 3-1 win over Lincoln Christian Saturday.

It was Hansel's first career goal(s) and Cummins now leads the team with three goals on the season.


  • Result: Maranatha 3-1 Lincoln Christian
  • Venue: Lincoln Christian University
  • Location: Lincoln, Ill.
  • Attendance: 85
  • Record: MBU (2-2-0), LCU (0-1-0)


The Sabercats got on the board early, and it was in unconventional fashion. Hansel stood over a 50-yard free kick and served it into the box towards the head of Zeke Steuerwald. The ball took a high bounce, over Steuerwald, and eventually found the back of the net. It rolled slowly over the line but the Sabercats had the 1-0 lead and Hansel had his first career goal either way.

But it Hansel's goal was less than emphatic, then Kyle Cumminsgoal more than made up for it. Cummins found space 30 yards away from the LCU goal and smacked an unstoppable shot into the top corner. Just like that, it was a 2-0 game.

Early in the second half, the Red Lions got right back into the game. Mason Thompson stole the ball at the top of the Sabercats box and slotted it past Tim Kinzler to make the game interesting in the 48th minute.

The Sabercats responded positively, keeping the pressure on the LCU defense. Hansel's second chance came in the 66th minute, when he bent a free kick from the corner of the penalty area into the far corner to give the Sabercats a needed insurance goal.

From there, it was a matter of closing out the game. Tim Kinzler made some big saves down the stretch and the Sabercats kept the Red Lions at bay for the final 20 minutes to close out their second win of the season.

MBU Starters: 1- Kinzler (C), 2- T. Holloway, 3- K. Elms, 4- Roer (C), 5- J. Elms, 9- Wright, 11- Cummins, 12- Steuerwald (C), 14- MacDonald, 21- Hansel, 22- Hugg


"The free kicks are something we've been working on after practice," Hansel said after the game. "Originally I told Kyle [Cummins] I wasn't going to shoot it [on the second goal], so the first thing he said to me after the goal was that he thought I wasn't shooting. I just tried to put it over the wall and high and was just able to get it in."


  • Shot Count: Maranatha 15-8 Lincoln Christian
  • Hansel: 5 shots, 3 on goal, 2 goals
  • Cummins: 2 shots, 1 goal
  • Kinzler: 4 saves in the win
  • Last time: Maranatha won 6-1 on Parents' Day in 2019
  • Series: MBU now leads the all-time series 23-2-1


  • Lincoln Christian is dually affiliated, competing in the NAIA and the NCCAA DI
  • Lincoln Christian competes in the NAIA as an independent institution


The Sabercats play their first home game of the season on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. against Viterbo. Find gameday details at

A Look Back
December 15, 2020 A Look Back
End of the Line
November 7, 2020 End of the Line
The Best in the North
November 6, 2020 The Best in the North
After Day Two
November 6, 2020 After Day Two
After Day One
November 5, 2020 After Day One
Round Robin Runoff
November 5, 2020 Round Robin Runoff
Round Robin Examiner
November 4, 2020 Round Robin Examiner
Three for One
October 30, 2020 Three for One
Eligibility Extended
October 29, 2020 Eligibility Extended
Round-Robin Regional
October 23, 2020 Round-Robin Regional
Men's Soccer Game Postponed
October 22, 2020 Men's Soccer Game Postponed
Three for One
October 22, 2020 Three for One
Regional Deadlock
October 20, 2020 Regional Deadlock
Bereft Barrage
October 17, 2020 Bereft Barrage
Marked Improvement
October 13, 2020 Marked Improvement
A Day to Remember
October 10, 2020 A Day to Remember
Persistence and Progress
October 3, 2020 Persistence and Progress
Twice Shy
September 29, 2020 Twice Shy
Slow Start
September 24, 2020 Slow Start
Round Two
September 21, 2020 Round Two
Fire Power
September 19, 2020 Fire Power
Four Handed
September 17, 2020 Four Handed
Quick Turnaround
September 12, 2020 Quick Turnaround
Starting Strong
September 11, 2020 Starting Strong
Forward Looks
September 10, 2020 Forward Looks
Prepared to Prepare
September 3, 2020 Prepared to Prepare
Nostalgia and "Normality"
August 31, 2020 Nostalgia and "Normality"
Fall Schedule Updates
July 27, 2020 Fall Schedule Updates
A Forward Look
June 24, 2020 A Forward Look
Hosting Hopes
June 19, 2020 Hosting Hopes