Falcons tie Broncos final regular season home game

Charlie Ryan and Charlie Ryan

BGSU men’s soccer took on the Western Michigan Broncos on Oct. 30. The Falcons had just traveled back home from a 3-0 victory over the Oakland Grizzlies a week prior, making this the Falcons’ final home match of the 2021 season.

Throughout the entirety of the first half, the Falcons had to rely heavily on their back three defensively as they struggled to move the ball forward offensively.

After 30 minutes, the Broncos found a way to the net with a quick shot from Max Keenan, which put the Broncos up one heading into halftime.

The Falcons moved fast to start the second half. Just 15 minutes in, Roberto Fernandez Garrido found the net with a bicycle kick to tie up the game at one.

In both overtime periods, the Falcons had to once again rely on their defensive back line holding strong. With under two minutes to go, the Falcons rallied offensively, but with under a minute left Kale Nichols caught the ball off the top of his foot and sailed a shot over the crossbar.

This was the Falcons’ final scoring chance as the game ended in a draw just seconds later. BGSU Head Coach Eric Nichols gave his thoughts shortly after its conclusion.

“I was a little disappointed that we were caught off guard by the tempo they were playing with,” Nichols said.

The Falcons record moves to 10-3-3 on the season, with a conference record of 2-1-2. The Falcons will be on the road for their final regular season game on Nov. 6 against the West Virginia Mountaineers.