Sophomore Luke Buckton passes the ball ahead during the men's soccer match against Morris on Saturday, October 1st. The Saints were victorious, defeating the Cougars 3-0. (Cable Photo/Maggie Grob)

Men’s Soccer Shuts Out Morris

Sam Hvidsten

The College of St. Scholastica men’s soccer team hosted quite the game against Minnesota Morris this past Saturday. The Saints left the field with another shutout in their pockets as well as an undefeated record in UMAC play.

The Saints started the game strong by scoring in the first ten minutes of play. With the assistance of senior Kyle Farrar, freshman Jordan Lennon fired the ball into the net, creating an early lead.

“The build up play prior to the goal was beautiful, and I’m happy that I was the player to finish it off,” Lennon said.

The game remained steady for the next twenty minutes while the teams both accumulated a few fouls. Around the thirty minute mark there was a handball call against Morris, resulting in a penalty kick. Farrar took advantage of the penalty scoring the Saint’s second goal and stretching the lead to 2-0.

Only fifteen minutes into the second half, two yellow cards were distributed. Morris picked up the first card by committing a hard tackle against sophomore Luke Buckton. Seconds after, the Saints collected a yellow card of their own by standing in front of a free kick. The half continued with not much going on. It wasn’t until minute sixty-seven when the game picked up again. Farrar assisted yet another goal, passing the ball off to Buckton who scored the Saint’s third goal of the game. The rest of the half remained scoreless.

Ending with a 3-0 victory, this match against Morris earned freshman goalkeeper Corrado Rosato his third shutout of the season. In fact, Rosato did not have a recorded save in the match. Defense was a big part of the Saint’s success on the field. Morris goalkeeper Cody Christ had his work cut out for him. Though three goals were made, he saved twelve of the fifteen shots on goal.

The Saints left the field happy and proud of their performance. Freshman Jordan Lennon was especially happy about the team’s accomplishments.

“I think Saturday was one of the strongest performances the team showed,” Lennon said. “We showed good teamwork and played with chemistry throughout.”

On top of a shutout, this game marked the Saint’s fourth conference win, making them undefeated in UMAC play. Coach Barry Chastey seems to have a plan to continue the record.

“We have talked a lot about getting better with every game this season, Saturday was another big step for us,” Coach Chastey said. “We will need to continue to work hard at practice so we continue to progress as we have a couple of tough conference games coming up here within a week.”

The Saints have two more UMAC games next week. They will host Crown College on Saturday, October 8th at Saints field. Three days later, they will travel across the bridge to UW-Superior on Tuesday, October 11th.