In a nail biting Homecoming game against Bradley University, the Cougars were defeated in overtime after a strong lead in the first half, losing by a single goal.

 

According to Cale Wassermann, head coach of men’s soccer, the audience’s energy really helped throughout the game. 

 

“A big thank you to all the students that came out for the homecoming game. I thought their energy, especially early in the game, really helped and hopefully we entertain[ed] them and [we’re] looking forward to seeing them back in a couple of weeks,” Wassermann said.

 

The Cougars played a strong game but after getting a red card halfway through the second half, according to Wassermann, the team started to lose control.

 

“I thought we played really well, and we went into halftime confident and with the lead, so we were really confident going into the second half,” Wasserman said. “When we got the red card and had to play with one less player, that certainly affected the game a little bit, so we lost some control, one thing led to another and a couple of individual errors and Bradley [University] punished us.”

 

Segura said the team went into the second half excited and ready to go, knowing that their strength typically lies in the second half of the game, but the red card affected the team. 

 

“We were told that we have to keep the level because we know that every game that we played this year, we play better in the second half but when we tried to do it again. Then I think that the red card was difficult to handle for us.” Segura said. 

 

The game started strong, with five goals being scored in the first half alone. 

 

Alex Segura, a first-year grad student forward, scored a goal with the first two minutes of the match, putting SIUE in the lead. He was assisted by Oskar Lenz, a sophomore midfielder. Bradley University quickly scored as well, earning a goal in the fifth minute of the game. 

 

Kelby Phillips, a junior midfielder, scored his first goal of the season three minutes later, which put the Cougars back in the lead. That lead did not last long, as Bradley University scored a goal in the 15 minute of the game. 

 

SIUE scored their third goal of the night not even 30 minutes into the game. Later, Pau Palacin, a freshman midfielder, was assisted by Kelby Philips, for SIUE’s final goal of the night. 

 

Bradley University sent a long pass from the back and was able to score their third goal of the night on an unprotected net in the 69 minutes of the game. 

 

With 11 minutes left in the regulation 90 minutes, Harvey Moyes, a grad student midfielder, was issued a red card and was taken out of the game leaving SIUE with only ten men on the field. SIUE maintained a strong offensive for the rest of the game, despite being short-handed. 

 

Segura said that team went into the second half excited and ready to go and knowing that their strength typically lies in the second half of the game, but the red card affected the team. 

 

“We were told that we have to keep the level because we know that every game that we played this year, we play better in the second half but when we tried to do it again. Then I think that the red card was difficult to handle for us.” Segura said. 

 

The game went into two ten-minute overtimes. Bradley University scored the winning goal with two minutes left in the second overtime, making the final score 4-3, making this SIUE’s first loss to Bradley since 2013. 

 

Wassermann said that the team overall played fairly well, and there were lots of positives coming from the team during the game. 

 

“I think the way we attacked, we were really dangerous. We had the most shots we've had all year, the most goals we've had all year. Arguably the most possession we’ve had all year, so a lot of positives. I think if we can be a little more disciplined and take care of some of the mistake moments, I think we'll be in a really good position in these upcoming conference games.” Wassermann said.

 

Phillips said that throughout the game, the team played really well. In fact, Phillips said some of the players performed the best they have all season. 

 

“80 percent of the game was positive. We were playing well, and just 20 percent, 10 percent of the game, was some mistakes [that were capitalized on], so I think it’s being tuned in all the time and just have a little bit more grit will help us in the future and future games,” Phillips said. 

 

The next home game will be at 7 p.m. on Oct. 9th against Drake University. 

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