DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — The No. 7 Union College men’s soccer team stays alive in pursuit of a national championship as the Bulldogs captured a 3-0 victory over Spring Arbor (Michigan) in the second round play of the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship.
With the win, Union improves to 19-2-2 overall and advances to the quarterfinal play for the first time in program history. Spring Arbor ends their 2016 campaign 15-4-4.
The Bulldogs drew blood first in the 25th minute as a throw in perfectly reached inside the box connecting with the head of Louis Nuttal. The header gave Union the early momentum to grab the 1-0 lead.
Spring Arbor didn’t let the early goal bring them down as the Cougars created a couple quality chances to score. However, Union’s back line came up big to keep the Cougars off the board. Heading into halftime the Bulldogs held a slight advantage offensively, outshooting the Cougars 8-5.
The second half consisted of back and forth play until Nuttal turned on the jets down the right side of the field beating the Cougars defense as he crossed the ball to a streaking Edwin Garcia who put his shot in the back of the net to give Union the 2-0 lead at the 76-minute mark.
Shortly after, the Bulldogs added another goal in the 79th minute as Jake Turnbull and Garcia connected with Justin Wilkinson to seal the deal at 3-0.
Nuttal and Garcia both recorded a goal and an assists to pace the Bulldogs offensively. In the net, Marcelo Mercuri nabbed the clean sheet registering three saves in collecting the win.