NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – Senior defender/forward/midfielder Tod Oram proved a steadying influence Saturday, Sept. 9.
And just in the nick of time.
The host Spartans, trailing North Coast Athletic Conference traditional standout Wittenberg University 1-0 late in the first half, finally found their way past the Tiger defense and goalkeeper Jack Snider less than six minutes before the end of the first half. Oram, recording his first goal of the season, got a rebound off Snider’s hands and sent a shot into the left corner of the net for a 1-1 tie.
As assistant coach Isaac Beal noted, just what was needed for the Black and Gold.
“Things got a little frantic late in the first half … we needed a spark,” he said. “Tod gave us that (with the goal) . From there, the guys worked well out of halftime and really got things going together (in the second half).
“It was a big weekend,” he added. “Beating two teams of the caliber we faced is key for us moving forward with confidence.”
Still lifted mentally by Oram’s big first half strike, the Spartans robustly attacked the Wittenberg defense. Two of the nine offensive attempts crashed the visiting net, both off the foot of freshman forward Josh Gonzalez (Portage, Ind.), for a 3-1 advantage. Senior goalkeeper Brady Forman (Hastings, Mich,.), who’s proven difficult to break through with just two scores surrendered in the team’s three wins, kept the score there to the end with three saves in the final 45 minutes.
MU, moving to 3-1 on the season, continues non-conference action Wednesday, Sept. 13, Coach Corey Brueggeman’s squad takes a short jaunt to Huntington County for a 4 p.m. kickoff against the Huntington University Foresters.