SPRING ARBOR, Mich. – In front of an electric crowd at the Cougar Soccer Complex on Saturday night, the Spring Arbor University men’s soccer team defeated Cornerstone University 1-0 to capture its third consecutive victory.
“Our crowd was just awesome,” said head coach Nathan Miller following the game. “The atmosphere at home, and especially tonight, was special. Our students really bring the energy and we needed every ounce of it as it turned out.”
The Cougars, playing for the second time in as many days, struggled to find their rhythm early and were outplayed by Cornerstone. The visiting Golden Eagles racked up nine first half shots to SAU’s five, but junior goalkeeper Cobi Piper stopped everything his way to keep the score at 0-0 heading into the intermission.
Spring Arbor got going in the second half, though, and in the 58th minute junior Michael Caccavo found the back of the net for what would prove to be the game-winning goal. Sophomore Jake Sterling delivered a perfectly placed corner kick that found the head of Caccavo, and he finished for his second goal of the season.
“Tonight certainly wasn’t a performance we are used to having, especially at home,” added Miller. “We really need to improve in a lot of areas offensively, and we will work really hard and get better. We really appreciate the support, and we can’t wait to push on from here.”
On Friday, the Cougars topped Roosevelt University 2-1. After the Lakers battled back to level the score in the second half, senior Stevenson Storm put SAU in front for good with a penalty kick goal in the 59th minute.
Spring Arbor took the lead in the final minute of the first half when Storm found freshman Morris Kamara just before halftime. Roosevelt would find the equalizer just over 10 minutes into the second half, but, moments later, Storm would convert his PK to send the Cougars to the victory.
“Roosevelt is a very good team who has a lot of flair and talent,” said Miller. “They are well coached as well. It was a tight match and the guys adjusted well in the second half to expose some things we knew we could take advantage of. We felt like we could have put the match away a few times, but we need to continue to improve in the box.”
Up next, Spring Arbor (5-2) will travel to Grand Rapids, Michigan for a showdown with the defending national champions, and No. 1 ranked, Davenport University on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m.