NEW ULM - Kaleb Buch scored the lone goal for Martin Luther College as it fell 3-1 to the University of Minnesota, Morris in an Upper Midwest Athletic Conference men's soccer match on Thursday.
UMM drew first blood on the day when Matt Vik scored a goal which ricocheted off the hands of MLC goalkeeper Eric Hahn into the top of the net.
The Knights answered just five minutes later when Buch stole a pass and dribbled through multiple UMM defenders before scoring on a sliding shot out of the reach of the Cougars' goalie.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
Martin Luther College’s Kaleb Buch (11) fights off University of Minnesota, Morris defender Scott DeVries during the first half Thursday at MLC in New Ulm.
"After [UMM] put a goal in, I was really pleased that we had the determination to put another one in and even it up," MLC head coach Paul Koelpin said.
The Cougars took the lead back with 14 minutes remaining in the half when Ebrima Badgie received a breakaway pass and scored on an open net.
UMM led at the half by a score of 2-1.
The Cougars dominated the second half as they maintained possession of the ball for the majority of the half.
UMM out-shot the Knights 32-6 on the day as Buch and Ethan Boese led MLC with two shots apiece.
The Cougars scored the only goal of the second half to make the final score 3-1.
"We started the game with confidence, with a good energy, with a connected kind of play, and we were doing some very good things for the first half hour of the game," Koelpin said. "We have to carry through and be able to play the whole game with that kind of confidence and not just the first 30 minutes of a 90 minute game."
The Knights (2-10, 1-7) take the field again on Saturday when they travel to play at Crown College.