WATERTOWN, Wis. – The Crusaders endured sloppy weather, and a slow start against Great Lakes before cruising to a 10-2 win in a big second half that included seven goals in an NCCAA play-in on Monday afternoon.
Freshman Marvin Klaudt (Los Mochis, Mexico) scored the first of his three goals on the day, to put Maranatha ahead 1-0, but Great Lakes responded at 14 minutes to tie the game.
Klaudt and freshman midfielder Jeremy Knudson (Charlotte, N.C.) tacked on goals two and three, but only held a 3-2 lead at halftime.
The Crusaders made adjustments that led to a scoring outburst in the second half, as freshman Daniel Anderson (Roscoe, Ill.), and sophomore Jackson Miller (Marinette, Wis.) added their first goals of the season.
Senior defender Jacob Palmer (Warner, N.H.) got in on the action, scoring on a penalty-kick after being taken down in the box.
The team took a total of 36 shots (18 on net) and had seven different players score.
Junior goalkeeper Kyle Kutz (Cambridge, Wis.) improved to 5-3-1 on the season with a save, while allowing two goals.
With the win, Maranatha will play the winner of the NCCAA play-in between Lincoln Christian and Northland International on Friday, October 26 at 3:00 p.m. in the Midwest Regional Tournament held in Watertown, Wis.
If Maranatha wins, they will advance to the Midwest Regional Championship Game on Saturday, October 27 at 10:30 a.m.