Strong defense headlines regular season non-conference finale

TIFFIN, OHIO – Senior Brady Forman’s goals-against average has seen a steady decline since the second match of the 2017 season.

He and his defensive teammates’ efforts at Heidelberg University Tuesday, Sept. 26, kept it moving in the right direction. The Hastings, Mich., net minder, battling through an 18-6 shots advantage for the host Student Princes, put the final decision in question throughout with seven saves, marking the sixth time this season he’s registered five-or-more.

However, while the Spartans received a pair of shot tries from freshman forward Josh Gonzalez (Portage, Ind.) and a strike on frame apiece off the feet of junior midfielders Josh McCoy (LaPorte, Ind.) and Samuel Tetteh-Quarshie (Accra, Ghana), none of them got past Heidelberg goalkeeper Jake Kress who moved his and his team’s record to 7-0. On the home side of the scoreboard, the United Soccer Coaches’ top-five ranked Division III Great Lakes region team finally worked its way through the Black and Gold defense in the 50th minute in route to a 1-0 decision.

Coach Corey Brueggeman’s team, slipping to 4-5, prepares for its 2017 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opener Saturday, Sept. 30. Hanover College visits Good Field for a 3 p.m. kickoff.

NOTES: Forman dropped his GAA to 1.37 which ranks sixth in the league … He has surrendered just one goal or less in five of his last seven appearances.

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