ROSEVILLE, Minn. (WLUC) – The Finlandia University men’s soccer team (2-7-1) lost 5-1 to Northwestern (Minn.) (1-7-1), Friday afternoon at Reynolds Field.
Northwestern came out quick with two goals in the first six minutes of the contest. Down 3-0, freshman Akwasi Kwarteng scored off a pass from freshman Chelan Gonzalez at the 25:06 mark. The Eagles scored twice in a two minute span to effectively end the match.
Finlandia had 14 shots with six on goal, four corner kicks and was called for 10 fouls.
Northwestern had 26 shots with 10 on goal, four corner kicks and was called for 12 fouls.
Finlandia remains on the road, Wednesday, Oct. 2 playing Bluffton. The game is scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m.
On the women's side, a slow start cost the Finlandia University women’s soccer team (6-2-1) in a 3-0 loss to Northwestern (Minn.) (2-8), Friday night at Reynolds Field.
“Northwestern is a good team” said head coach Grace Sokolow. “They are fast, physical and technical. We struggles to compete with the pace in the first half. The second half was better, however the hole we dug was too deep. We’re looking forward to a day off tomorrow and then another tough game at UM-Morris on Sunday.”
Northwestern jumped out quick with two goals in the first 11 minutes of the game. Finlandia was pushed back on their heels for most of the first half.
Around 15 minutes into the second half, senior Kirsten L’Esperance had a great shot that was knocked away. At the 69:46 mark, another potential Lion goal was denied and the Eagles scored a minute later to clinch the game.
Finlandia had 10 shots with two on goal, one corner kick and was called for 13 fouls. Freshman Sam Linteo had 10 saves.
Northwestern had 20 shots with 13 on goal, four corner kicks and was called for 16 fouls.
Finlandia stays on the road, Sunday, Sept. 29 taking on UM-Morris. The game is scheduled to start at noon CST.