Milwaukee Men Fall In Exhibition Opener
Aug 16, 2013
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's soccer team fell to SIU Edwardsville Friday night, dropping a 2-0 decision at Korte Stadium in front of a crowd of 2,571 in the 2013 exhibition opener for both teams.
"Overall, I was pretty pleased with our performance," head coach Kris Kelderman said. "Obviously, we didn't get the result that we preferred, but other than that I was pretty comfortable with what we saw. It was a good opportunity to look at players for the first time. It was also a good opportunity for our guys to get in an early preseason game, on the road, in a tough environment and against a good team."
The Cougars, who come into the season receiving votes in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) preseason poll, scored just before and just after intermission to hand the Panthers the loss.
"I felt we had at least three really good chances to score and we didn't," Kelderman said. "The goals against us were on a couple of miscues, failed clearances. I didn't see it as a 2-0 game against us. But don't get me wrong, SIUE is a very good team - they can be a top 25 team this year. It was a special event for them with a big crowd, so it was a chance for our team to jump into things right away, get to know each other and get the season rolling."
Milwaukee, which has 12 newcomers on the roster this season and had six of them starting tonight, ended the contest fairly even on the stat sheet. UWM had six of the 14 shots in the contest and held a large advantage by earning four of the five corner kicks in the match.
"It was good for us as a staff to look at the players for the first time in a long time," Kelderman said. "It gives us a chance to see how we move forward and there was a lot to build on. We had about six guys who did not play due to injury. It was not our intention to have so many players play such high minutes tonight. That is a lot to ask for on the third day of preseason. Overall, I was pleased and looking forward to the rest of the preseason."
A slow start did not help, as the Panthers did not record a shot until the 27th minute when junior Luke Goodnetter sent one high. SIUE then scored on a corner kick in the 39th minute and took the momentum into the locker room.
Led by John Berner, the Missouri Valley Conference Goalkeeper of the Year in 2012, the SIUE defense kept Milwaukee off the scoresheet all night. The Panthers six shots came from five different players, with junior Laurie Bell pacing the team with a pair.
The Panthers continue exhibition play with a home game, welcoming Lewis August 21 at 6:30 p.m.