Slow Start

Photo credit: Kaitlyn Dobson
Photo credit: Kaitlyn Dobson
LEAD

WATERTOWN, Wis. -- The Sabercats never recovered from a slow start today, falling to Viterbo 5-0.

Zeke Steuerwald had four shots on frame and Tim Kinzler's penalty kick save gave the Sabercats a bright spot, but the V-Hawks had the last laughs. 

OVERVIEW

  • Result: Maranatha 0-5 Viterbo
  • Venue: Maranatha Baptist University
  • Location: Watertown, Wis.
  • Attendance: 126
  • Record: MBU (2-3-0), VU (2-1-0)

STORY

The visiting V-Hawks hit the ground running, scoring twice in the opening 10 minutes to send a message to MBU. Then in the 25th minute, Arsenios Dimitriou curled a shot from well outside the box into the top corner to give the V-Hawks a commanding lead entering halftime. 

Steuerwald had a couple of chances at the other end of the field but his efforts were turned away by the Viterbo goalkeeper. 

The Sabercats started the second half well, keeping the V-Hawks off the scoreboard in the second half. The first scare came the Sabercats' way when they conceded a penalty kick, but a staunch double save from Kinzler busted the V-Hawks bid for a fourth goal.

The visitors' pressure finally paid off late on, as they added two more in the final 12 minutes to seal the win on the MBU campus.

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

STATS

  • Shot Count: Maranatha 9-21 Viterbo
  • Steuerwald: 4 shots, 4 on goal
  • Kinzler: 9 saves in the loss
  • Last time: The two teams tied 1-1 at Viterbo last October
  • Series: The series now stands at 1-1-1

OPPONENTS

  • Viterbo competes in the NAIA as an independent institution
  • Viterbo has posted big wins over Faith Baptist (8-0) and Northwestern (4-1) this season

NEXT

The Sabercats play their second home game of the season on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. against Northwestern (Minn.). Find gameday details at mbusabercats.com/schedule.

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