La Crosse, Wis. - The Mustangs of Mount Mercy University scored two second half goals to defeat Viterbo University 2-1 in men's soccer here at the Viterbo Outdoor Athletics Complex.
The V-Hawks controlled possession of the ball for a majority of the first half but would not have anything to show for it in the first half. In fact, Viterbo outshot Mount Mercy 9-2 in the first half being led by Jamie Robertson (Sr. - Langho, England) with two shots on goal. Mustangs goalie Nenad Simovic kept them in the contest by making four saves in the opening half.
Mount Mercy would capitalize first in the second half as Vladimir Virovkic scored a goal in the 48th minute on an assist by Petar Triva. The Mustangs would continue to keep the ball on their end but it was Viterbo who would break through next to tie the score. Freshman Scott Henderson (Dundee, Scotland) took a free kick and found sophomore Jake Wenzel (Stoughton, Wis.) who put the goal in the back of the net for his first goal of the season in the 72nd minute. Just as the spectators thought their maybe extra time needed to decide the outcome, the Mustangs changed that thought in the 78th minute. Enrique Cortina scored the go ahead goal for the Mustangs on another assist by Triva.
Unlike the first half, Mount Mercy controlled the second half as they outshot Viterbo 8-4 in the half and finished with a 13-10 advantage. Viterbo did have a slight 5-3 lead in corner kicks. In what was a very physical game both teams combined for 29 fouls, 3 yellow cards and 1 red card.
The loss drops Viterbo to 6-9 overall and 3-4 in Midwest Collegiate Conference play. Mount Mercy improves to 13-3 overall and 6-1 in conference action. Viterbo will be in action next when they travel to St. Paul, Minn. to play Bethel University on Monday afternoon. Game time is scheduled for 3:30 pm. The V-Hawks will then finish up the regular season next Saturday when they travel to Mount Pleasant, Iowa to play Iowa Wesleyan College.