ST. BONIFACIUS, Minn. (WLUC) – Freshman Akwasi Kwarteng had a hat trick as the Finlandia University men’s soccer team (4-11-1) beat Crown (2-11-2) 3-1, Monday afternoon at Old National Bank Stadium. This was the first hat trick for FinnU since Sept. 30, 2016.
“Our possession was fantastic,” said head coach Scott Chrysafidis. “We did a great job at moving the ball out of pressure. We had a lot of guys step up today and contribute.”
Finlandia got on the board first as Kwarteng scored off a pass from freshman Chelan Gonzalez at the 26:54 mark. With 41 seconds left in the first half, Crown tied the game up.
In the second half, sophomore Noah Raisanen and Erik Mills made spectacular save after save to keep it 1-1. Kwarteng nailed a penalty kick with 8:19 left to make it 2-1. The Lions sealed the deal at the 85:42 mark as Kwarteng score with an assist to freshman Bryson Beck.
Finlandia had 22 shots with 12 on goal, five corner kicks and was called for five fouls. Raisanen had nine saves.
Crown had 20 shots with 10 on goal, seven corner kicks and was called for five fouls. Mills had nine saves.
Finlandia is off until Saturday, Nov. 2 when they play UW-Whitewater in the ACAA Championship Semi-Finals. The game is scheduled to start at noon.