Thu, Sep. 6, 2012 - [Men's Soccer]
The Duhawks and Titans battled Mother Nature and each other on Tuesday night in the Rock Bowl and three and one half hours after the initial kickoff, Loras College was on top, 1-0. The victory was Loras' third on the young season, and came on the day they moved up to the #3 spot in the NSCAA Division III rankings.
Over the first 35 minutes, Loras forced Oshkosh goalkeeper Nick Barry to make four saves. The Titans took two shots off target. One flurry included back-to-back shots by Tom Fluegel and Louie Oswald after Barry bobbled an initial effort.
Then, with nearly 11 minutes to go in the first half, officials decided to halt the game with threatening weather – namely a bright lightning display on the edge of a southwestern Wisconsin line of storms.
All involved cleared the field and stadium, and the teams waited out a one hour and forty-one minute delay. As the clock ticked towards 9:30 PM, the teams resumed the game.
The best chance of the final few minutes of the first half was a flicked header by Ryan Schneider that glanced off the crossbar.
A brief halftime intermission gave way to a back-and-forth first few minutes of the second half. Ten minutes into the second half, Johnny Rummelhart entered the penalty area of the visitors with the ball and slipped a pass to the back post where Forrest Olson was waiting. Olson knocked in the game's only goal to put the Duhawks in front.
Loras' next best chance was Louie Oswald's break towards the Titan's goal in the 75th minute. That chance glanced off the post after beating Barry. The hosts weren't able to convert on the rebound, however, and the game remained 1-0.
Oshkosh mounted a couple more attacks, but, like the previous two guests in the Rock Bowl, were shutout. Titan's leading scorer Tony Starnes left the game before the weather delay with an injury. Ryan Hanna had two total shots taken.
Loras held a 14-7 shot advantage. Dylan Milkent made the one save he needed to in order to post his third straight shutout behind his stingy back line.
Loras will be in St. Louis, Missouri this weekend for a pair of games in their first road tests of 2012, beginning with Washington University on September 7 and Webster University on the eighth.