Alliance, OH – The first loss for head coach Gary Dunda was going to come at some point and on Saturday afternoon it arrived on a trip to Mt. Union College. The Golden Tornadoes dropped a 2-0 decision to the Purple Raiders to fall to 2-1-1 on the season.
“We got caught up playing their style,” said Dunda. “They were able to dictate the pace of the game and we were not able to get out of their transition style and it caught up with us. They were probably the better team today and deserved to win the game.”
Despite the transition problems for Geneva, the game remained scoreless after 45 minutes of play. In fact, it was not until the 71st minute of the match that Mt. Union was able to break the scoreless tie with the first goal of the match. A foul in the penalty area in the 83rd minute led to a penalty kick goal for the Purple Raiders that pushed the score to 2-0.
The scoreboard gave Mt. Union the edge, but the shot totals were virtually even with Mt. Union enjoying a slight 17-16 edge over the Golden Tornadoes. Jake McCracken and Josh Mann combined for 11 of the 16 Geneva shots. “We had some great chances early,” said Dunda. “We could not capitalize on our opportunities early in the match and it came back to bite us.”
Sophomore goalkeeper Evan Biedenbach also suffered his first loss of the season despite making six saves in the match.
Geneva will look to get back into the win column next Thursday when it travels to old friend Malone University. The Golden Tornadoes return home next Saturday night against Heidelburg.
Geneva College is a comprehensive Christian college of the arts, sciences and professional studies. Founded in the tradition of the Reformed Christian faith, Geneva prepares students to serve Christ in all areas of society: work, family and the church. Geneva College’s philosophy of education is based on the Foundational Concepts of Christian Higher Education. Geneva is a founding member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU).