Wama Leads Crusaders Past Warriors

Box Score

MILWAUKEE, WI – The men’s soccer team earned its third win in the last four games, defeating the Wisconsin Lutheran Warriors, 3-1 on Thursday evening, to improve to 4-3 overall.

Despite being outshot 25-11, eight coming in the first 27 minutes against the Crusaders, Maranatha found themselves with a 2-0 lead thanks to freshman forward Wira Wama (Papua New Guinea) and sophomore defender Daniel Anderson (Roscoe, IL).

Wama scored the team’s first, a left-footed cutback that he buried in the corner of the net, with the assist from senior defender Drew DeLozier (Watertown, WI) at the 32nd minute and Anderson scored two minutes later with the assist from junior midfielder Todd Howard (Conklin, N.Y.).

The Warriors were finally able to get past freshman goalkeeper Alexander Kornivsky (Charlotte, N.C.), and the Maranatha defense, posting a goal at the 36th minute.

Kornivsky finished the game with eight saves in 90 minutes of action and improved to 3-2 on the season.

Wisconsin Lutheran opened the second half with a near-goal that hit the post and followed up with several shots before Wama outraced several defenders and chipped a shot past the goalkeeper, his third of the season, to deliver the final blow. Wama is now tied for first on the team in points (8) and tied for second in goals.

Head Coach Jeff Pill stated after the game, “We finished on our chances, were dangerous on our counter attack, and held possession against a good Wisconsin Lutheran team. We absorbed their pressure and finished strong and now we’re looking forward to a matchup against a very improved Grace Bible.

Maranatha faces Grace Bible on Saturday, September 26 at 1:00 p.m.