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Photo credit: Amber Webster
Photo credit: Amber Webster
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WATERTOWN, Wis. -- Last time may have been an easy day for Viterbo, but this matchup was a different story.

After 90 combative minutes, the V-Hawks left Watertown with a gritty 1-0 win - a far cry from the 5-0 victory they coasted to last time.

OVERVIEW

  • Result: Maranatha 0-1 Viterbo
  • Venue: Maranatha Baptist University
  • Location: Watertown, Wis.
  • Attendance: 60
  • Record: MBU (3-6-0), VU (5-1-0)

STORY

Despite playing into a heavy headwind, the V-Hawks were able to keep the ball in the Sabercats' end of the field for a good part of the first half. Finally, in the 20th minute, the visitors' pressure was rewarded when Erik Hernandez converted a breakaway opportunity.

But from there, the V-Hawks had very few easy shots on goal. Kendall ElmsBraeden Hansel, and Taylor Hugg anchored a stingy back line that limited Viterbo to taking long shots only.

The one time that Viterbo had another clear chance from inside the box came in the second half. On that opportunity, Tim Kinzler made a big save to keep the score at 1-0.

Zeke Steuerwald fired three shots on the day for MBU, but none of them found their mark, and Viterbo was able to close out the 1-0 win.

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 5-24 Viterbo
  • Kinzler: 8 saves
  • Last time: Viterbo won 5-0 at MBU earlier this season.
  • Series: Viterbo now leads the series 2-1-1

OPPONENTS

  • Viterbo competes in the NAIA as an independent institution
  • Viterbo has posted big wins over Faith Baptist (8-0) and Northwestern (5-0) this season

NEXT

The Sabercats will play their final regular-season home game on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. against Great Lakes for Parents' Day. Find gameday details at mbusabercats.com/schedule.

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