End of the Line

End of the Line
LEAD

WATERTOWN, Wis. -- All good things must come to an end, and in this case, that's the Sabercats' 2020 season after a 3-0 loss to Moody in the North Region Tournament.

This result sends the Archers to the 2020 NCCAA DII National Tournament in Kissimmee, Florida for the first time since 2015. Maranatha finishes the season with a 3-9-2 record.

OVERVIEW

  • Result: Maranatha 0-3 Moody
  • Venue: Maranatha Baptist University
  • Location: Watertown, Wis.
  • Event: NCCAA North Region Tournament
  • Attendance: 129
  • Record: MBU (3-9-2), MBI (2-0-0)

STORY

Going into the day, the Sabercats knew that they needed a three-goal win against the Archers - something that hasn't happened since 2008. The Sabercats had their hands full right out of the gate, as they had to stave off the hard-charging archers just to keep the game tied.

Tim Kinzler made two big saves early in the game, and while the Archers looked spirited, Maranatha kept them off the scoresheet. After a gritty defensive battle in the opening half, the teams were deadlocked at zero.

Something must have been in Moody's halftime team talk because it took them just eighteen seconds to score in the second half. Kyle Jones had the honor for the Archers, and Moody had suddenly tightened their grip on the banner.

The killer blows came from Moody at the 75- and 86-minute marks. Will Snyder proved his Player-of-the-Year status by heading in a cross from Jones, and then Nick Gaviria sealed the region with a scintillating 30-yard free kick just four minutes from time.

It was always a tall order for the Sabercats, who finish a season filled with ups and downs at the hands of a regional rival.

Seniors Kyle CumminsTim Kinzler, Stephen Roer, and Zeke Steuerwald played what could be their final game for Maranatha Men's Soccer.

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 6-16 Moody
  • Tim Kinzler: 4 saves
  • Last time: Moody won 2-0 at the 2019 North Region Tournament
  • Series: Moody now leads the series 33-14-0

OPPONENTS

  • Moody competes with Maranatha for the NCCAA North Region
  • Moody had to forego the regular season because of institutional and local COVID-19 restrictions

 

NEXT

A full recap of the season is coming soon at mbusabercats.com.

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