Regents Battle But Come Up Short Against Warriors

Jonathan Hernandez
Jonathan Hernandez

LOVES PARK, Ill.- The Rockford University men's soccer team returned to action today to take on Wisconsin Lutheran College in a Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference matchup. The Regents were looking to earn their second victory in the NACC and start 2-0 for the first time since 2006 when the school entered the conference. Unfortunately, Rockford was unable to defeat Wisconsin Lutheran and fell by the final of 2-0.

The Regents and Warriors were locked in a stalemate throughout all of the first half as the score was tied 0-0 at the half. Rockford had their best opportunity of the day in the first half when Anders-James Wermuth (Spring Green, Wis.) had an attempt at a penalty kick but was denied by the Warriors goalkeeper. Rockford was outstanding on defense as they held Wisconsin Lutheran to no goals on nine shots in the opening half. The game was chippy throughout as there were seven yellow cards handed out and one red card. Unfortunately, in the second half the Regents were given a red card and had to play shorthanded for the final 40 minutes of the game. Rockford did their best to hang with Wisconsin Lutheran but eventually gave up the first goal of the game in the 61st minute. The Warriors added one more goal in the 85th minute to seal the victory. Overall, Rockford held Wisconsin Lutheran to just 2 goals on 25 shot attempts, which is a testament to how well they played defensively. 

Anthony Beck (Fishers, Ind.) was very good in goal for the Regents saving 8 shots on 10 attempts. Beck continually stopped the Warriors' offensive attack when they threatening the defense.

Leading Rockford offensively were Wermuth with 2 shots and 1 coming on goal. Jonathan Hernandez (Chicago, Ill.) and John Deleon (Des Plaines, Ill.) both recorded 1 shot with both coming on goal.

The Rockford University men's soccer team will look to get back on track with their next NACC game coming at Edgewood College in Madison, Wis. with a scheduled start time of 4 p.m.