Nick McDonald’s goal in the 87th minute spoiled Wartburg’s comeback and sent Dubuque home with a 2-1 win.
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The Knights hosted the Spartans in both team’s IIAC openers Saturday and rallied from a 1-0 defecit to tie the game before McDonald’s second goal.
Head coach Kirk Artist declined to comment after the game.
The game was scoreless at halftime before McDonald’s first goal put the Spartans on top in the 59th minute.
Freshman Zubeen Azari answered in the 75th minute with the first goal of his career.
McDonald notched his tenth goal of the season when he fired from the top of the box into the bottom right corner of the goal.
The game was chippy throughout as two yellow cards were handed to Dubuque players in the second half.
Goalkeeper Zak Kohlmeyer made seven saves as Wartburg was outshot 19-11 including 9-6 in shots on goal.
The win gave Dubuque a 1-0 conference record and 6-2 record overall while Wartburg fell to 0-1 in the IIAC and 2-4-1 overall before Sunday’s match.
In other opening Iowa Conference action Saturday, No. 4 Loras handed Buena Vista a 10-0 thumping, Central defeated Luther 1-0 and Simpson took down Coe 2-0.
The Knights hosted Gustavus Adolphus in non-conference play Wednesday night, falling 1-0.
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Zach Brown scored in the sixth minute off a corner kick in a game that saw little action.
The Knights only managed 13 shots but the Golden Gusties had even less with nine.
The teams managed a total of seven shots on goal.
Wartburg’s Zach Smith received a yellow card in the first half while Gustavus’ Gabe Steinborn was cautioned in the second half.
The Gusties are one of Wartburg’s toughest non-conference opponent as the Minnesota Conference school stands with a record of 6-1-1.
[pb_vidembed title=”Wartburg vs. Carleton Highlights” caption=”” url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gns-l15dcsk” type=”yt” w=”480″ h=”385″]Nick McDonald’s goal in the 87th minute spoiled Wartburg’s comeback and sent Dubuque home with a 2-1 win.
The Knight’s losing streak reached three on Sunday in an 8-2 loss to non-conference opponent Carthage.
The Red Men (7-2) led 2-1 at halftime before a barrage of goals in the second half gave them a six-goal victory.
Azari and Jared Nelson scored goals for the Knights.
Jordan Innis had a hat trick for Carthage.
Wartburg has a week off before hosting UW-Whitewater Sunday at 4 p.m.
The Knights (2-5-1, 0-1) will face three IIAC opponents in a row, beginning with Simpson (6-4, 1-0) on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. in Indianola. Wartburg will then host Coe (3-6, 0-1) Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. and Buena Vista (5-3-1, 0-1) Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
IOWA CONFERENCE MEN’S SOCCER STANDINGS
Loras (1-0, 9-1-1)
Dubuque (1-0, 6-2)
Simpson (1-0, 6-4)
Central (1-0, 3-4-1)
Luther (0-1, 5-2-2)
Buena Vista (0-1, 5-3-1)
Wartburg (0-1, 2-4-1)
Coe (0-1, 3-6)