Men's Soccer, Sports

Nadeau’s late header lifts Knights over Coe

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Wartburg men’s soccer head coach Kirk Artist said earlier this season that the team’s offensive problems would eventually work themselves out.

Over the past two weeks it seems they’ve been fixed as Wartburg looks to be righting the ship after a rough start to their season.

On Saturday, the Knights welcomed Coe to Waverly for an IIAC matchup. The scoring started early when senior Brandon Cook put a pass from freshman Zubeen Azari into the back of the net four minutes in to give the Knights a 1-0 advantage. Just minutes later, classmate Bob Brown put one past Coe’s goalkeeper to double the lead to 2-0.

Coe struck back, though, as Jake Johnson scored on a free kick in the 23rd minute. The Knights saw their lead vanish when Chris Fitch evened the game up at two in the 30th minute. Both teams went to half tied at two.

The tie remained until sophomore Dan Nadeau gave Wartburg the upper hand with a header in the 75th minute. Cook made sure the lead was out of reach with his second goal of the game in the very next minute. The Knights held on for the 4-2 victory.

“It was a tale of two halves”, Artist said. “If you watch the second half from the first half it was completely different in terms of intensity. If we keep that up in terms of energy and stuff and other teams can’t keep up with us”.

Wartburg traveled to Simpson on Thursday to face the Storm in an IIAC match. The Storm’s Jeremy Reinart struck first blood with his goal in the 24th minute.

Simpson took at 1-0 lead into halftime before doubling its lead with a goal off the foot of Mitchell White.

Wartburg responded swiftly with a goal by Azari just four seconds later. Freshman Chris Nothnick evened up the score at two with a score in the 80th minute that sent the game to overtime.

After neither team could take the game in bonus time, the game ended in a 2-2 tie.

Over the past two weeks, the Knights have gone 2-0-1 that started with an upset of then twelfth-ranked UW-Whitewater. Nadeau thinks that the team’s increased focus and underdog mentality has led to getting the season back on track.

“We are just really putting in the effort”, Nadeau said. “It all comes down to hard work. Even if the team’s more talented than us, if we put in the effort, we win”.

Wartburg (4-5-2, 1-1-1) will continue IIAC play on Tuesday when Buena Vista comes to Waverly. That game will start at 7:30 p.m.

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