Panthers Fall Flat At SIUE, 2-0
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - Jorge Gonzalez scored two goals and the Milwaukee men's soccer team was held off the scoreboard for the first time this season in a 2-0 loss to SIUE Tuesday night at Korte Stadium.
The Panthers (5-5-2) saw their win streak snapped against the Cougars (4-6-0), who doubled a one-goal advantage just moments after the second half started and closed it out from there.
Milwaukee had some quality chances to get back into the contest, but could not connect.
Jason Palitang Svensson had some of the better attempts, unfortunate to send his try just right of the post of a nice centering pass from Nick Moon in the 63rd minute. He also had a header in the 49th minute in front off a long free kick from Francesco Saporito.
UWM could never get the offensive attack on track – finishing with a 9-to-7 advantage in shots – but a total that was only half of what the team came in averaging. In addition, only two of the nine were able to be directed on target.
Down, 1-0, at intermission, the lead became a pair just seconds into the start of the period when Gonzalez struck again.
His first goal came in the 16th minute, created when Gonzalez came up with a turnover just outside of the goal box. He dribbled in and struck a blast to make it 1-0 at the 15:03 mark. The Panthers had a chance to tie quickly, but Reid Stevenson could not get a header in front on target less than two minutes later.
The squad remains on the road, heading to Ohio Saturday for a contest at Cleveland State. Game time is set for 6 p.m. CST.
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