LIMA - Too often this season, the University of Northwestern Ohio men's soccer team had found itself on the wrong end of 1-0 games. On Saturday at Racers Field, UNOH came out on the correct side of the ledger with a 1-0 win over Grace College.
The win breaks a three-game losing streak for the Racers, who moved to 2-3 on the season. Of those three losses, two were by 1-0 margins despite UNOH out-shooting its opponents 34-26. In Saturday's match against Grace, the Racers held a 14-5 edge in shots.
"The last few games have been similar on the scoreboard, but the one has been on the other column and the zero on the other column," UNOH coach Gavin Oldham said. "It's good to get the victory and finally bear a little fruit from the work we put in during the week."
The lone goal of the match came in the 32nd minute, when Dominic Riedel gathered a loose ball, drove down the far side of the pitch and unloaded a shot with his left foot. It was Riedel's first goal in his collegiate career.
"He's got a sweet left foot," Oldham said. "During the week, we're practicing and he strikes a great ball from 20-to-25 yards, and the last game he was striking a few balls, but this one he caught nice and flew it into the top corner. Two goalkeepers don't stop that one."
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"That's something we absolutely stressed this week was even if we don't score we need to make the keeper make the save, hit the target," Oldham said. "Are we a finished article? No, but we're coming along."
UNOH goalkeeper Liam Davies, who has been the captain in the last two games, had his second shutout; the freshman has given up only five goals in five matches. He had a pair of saves Saturday, upping his season total to 20 with a save percentage of .800.
"Liam's vocal, that's just who he is, whether he's playing or in the dressing room or probably even in the classroom," Oldham said. "He's doing great. He really is doing a great job."
The Racers next face the longest road trip of their schedule, with their next four games on the road, all within 10 days. They'll open the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference schedule with a match at Aquinas College on September 22 and return to Grand Rapids, Michigan, the following Saturday for a match at Cornerstone University.
"We've got a tough four-game road trip coming up, Wednesday-Saturday-Wednesday-Saturday, against some good teams," Oldham said. "Getting a win is great, but you have to look at the big picture, one win is just one win. We go and play Bethel midweek, and they're a top-25 team. We've got to enjoy this for the next hour, two hours and start looking at the next game."
Their next home match is Wednesday, October 3, when the Racers host Concordia University.