|Spring Arbor (Mich.) (2-0-0)||1||3||4|
|WVU Tech (0-1-0)||1||1||2|
|Palos Heights, IL|
|1||10:15||Janum Sailor (Spring Arbor (Mich.))|
|1||39:11||Francisco Neto (WVU Tech)|
|2||51:52||Manuel Segarra (WVU Tech)|
|2||58:25||Lewis Jones (Spring Arbor (Mich.))|
|2||72:16||Cole Russell (Spring Arbor (Mich.))|
|2||88:34||Morris Kamara (Spring Arbor (Mich.))|
|Spring Arbor (Mich.)||Indv. Leaders||WVU Tech|
|4 Players - 1||Goals||2 Players (#11,#40) - 1|
|3 Players - 1||Assists||2 Players (#8,#20) - 1|
|#23 Cole Russell - 4||Shots||#11 Francisco Neto - 5|
|#1 Isiah Handspike - 4||Saves||#1 Jorge Martinez - 5|
|Spring Arbor (Mich.)||Team Statistics||WVU Tech|
|14 (9)||Shots (on goal)||11 (6)|
PALOS HEIGHTS, Ill. – Freshman Cole Russell made his first collegiate goal a memorable one as he delivered the game-winner in the 73rd minute to help the No. 14 ranked Spring Arbor University men's soccer team stun No. 5 West Virginia Tech 4-2 at the Trinity Christian College Invitational on Saturday.
FINAL SCORE: #14 Spring Arbor 4, #5 West Virginia Tech 2
LOCATION: Schaaf Athletics Complex | Palos Heights, Ill.
RECORDS: Spring Arbor 2-0-0, West Virginia Tech 0-1-0
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Spring Arbor struck first in Saturday's Top 25 showdown with West Virginia Tech, which advanced all the way to the national quarterfinals a season ago. Janum Sailor notched his first goal of the season in the 11th minute to give the Cougars an early lead.
- West Virginia Tech leveled the match just before halftime, however, as Francisco Neto found the back of the net in the 40th minute.
- The Golden Bears pulled ahead 2-1 with an early second half goal, but Lewis Jones delivered the equalizer in the 59th minute.
- Russell put the Cougars ahead for good with his first career goal in the 73rd minute, and Morris Kamara put the game out of reach after converting a penalty kick with less than two minutes to play.
- SAU goalkeeper Isiah Handspike recorded four saves on the afternoon.
- Spring Arbor outshot West Virginia Tech 14-11 while the Golden Bears held a 6-2 edge in corner kicks.
QUOTES FROM HEAD COACH NATHAN MILLER
- "I'm really happy for the boys and how much they worked to earn that result. The game was on a knife edge at halftime and they responded so well to things we needed to do to be successful."
- "Honestly, we didn't really play a great game for us. We pressed so well and grinded out a result. The finishes we had were top notch, and we finished the game really strong."
- "It's step one of a massively challenging four-game road trip and we look forward to attacking our next match Monday."
Spring Arbor will wrap up play at the Trinity Christian Invitational on Monday, Aug. 28 with a match against the hosts, Trinity Christian, starting at 4 p.m. ET. Following the match, the Cougars will head south to Miami, Florida where they will meet Keiser University on Aug. 30 and Johnson & Wales University on Sept. 1.