Oct. 2, 2009
Contact: Renee Adam
Milwaukee, Wis. - The Cleveland State men's soccer team remains unbeaten in the Horizon League following their 0-0 draw with league foe Milwaukee on Friday night. Goalkeeper Brad Stuver was instrumental in the match, recording 10 saves on the night, including stopping a Milwaukee penalty kick in the 23rd minute.
"It would have been great to get 3 points tonight, but to come away with 1 point after playing 90 out of 110 minutes a man down is great," said assistant coach T.J. Kolba. "For Brad Stuver to come off the bench and save the penalty was great. It isn't something that you expect to see, but it shows Brad's quality as a goalkeeper."
Stuver came in to the match to replace Nick Harpel, who received a red card in the 22nd minute, recording 10 saves during 87 minutes of action. Stuver's play was highlighted by the stop against Zach Funk's penalty kick during the 23rd minute.
Harpel started in the net for the Vikings marking one save before receiving the red card and exiting the match in the 22nd minute after coming off the line and taking down a Milwaukee player in the box.
The Vikings continued the strong play through the last seconds of the match, when CSU made a team save, blocking Nic Gerard-Larson's shot out of bounds with just four seconds left on the clock.
The Vikings and the Panthers both had multiple scoring opportunities, with CSU recording 13 shots throughout the contest while Milwaukee tallied 24. Slavisa Ubiparipovic led CSU with five shots, three of them being on goal while Admir Suljevic and Marco DiFranco both added a pair of shots on goal.
CSU is now 3-3-3 overall, and 1-0-2 in Horizon League action, and Milwaukee moves to 1-7-2, 0-1-2 in the league.
"Now we will rest up and start to think about our match on Sunday against Green Bay," said Kolba. "We need to work on converting more of our offensive chances that we get, and we hope to improve on this against Green Bay."
The Vikings will stay in Wisconsin for one more match on Sunday (Oct. 4) against Green Bay. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. EDT.