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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Spring Arbor University men’s soccer team suffered its first setback of the 2015 campaign on Monday night, dropping a 1-0 decision to Holy Cross College.

It was just the third time in the last 29 matches that the Cougars failed to record a goal as the squad fell to 1-1 on the young season.

Holy Cross controlled the match statistically, doubling up SAU’s shot attempts 16-8, including a commanding 9-2 advantage in the first half. Despite the high volume of shots through the first 45 minutes, the Saints were unable to find the back of the net due to the strong play between the pipes by junior goalkeeper Cobi Piper.

However, the home team was able to breakthrough when Anesu Tabengwa scored off a rebound in the 59th minute providing HCC all the offensive support it would need.

Piper finished the night with nine saves while sophomore Kevin Veeder led the team with two shots.

“That was probably the worst I have ever seen our team play,” commented head coach Nathan Miller. “We deserved this defeat flat out. We did not compete at the required level and paid for a really bad team performance.”

Miller continued, “However, I believe we have the character on our team that this will be a positive and spring us forward.”

Spring Arbor (1-1) will continue its road swing with back-to-back Top 25 ranked opponents beginning with No. 25 Olivet Nazarene University on Thursday, Aug. 27 at 8 p.m. in Bourbonnais, Illinois. The Cougars will follow that match with a trip to Belleville, Illinois to face off against No. 19 Lindenwood University-Belleville on Friday, Sept. 4 at 8 p.m.

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