BGSU men’s soccer to focus on defense


Ryan Snashell dribbles the ball away from a Northern Illinois University defender Saturday night.

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The Falcons are preparing to host Cleveland State this Wednesday Oct. 16 at 7p.m.

The Falcons won this past Saturday at home against Northern Illinois 1-0.

“We work really hard,” said co-captain Brandon Silva. “To see it pay off in the last game was a great feeling, and we look forward to continuing that feeling.”

BG outshot and defended well against Northern Illinois. BG has been able to improve its record with the home win to 3-5-4 overall. The Falcons were able to get their first overtime win of the season in front of a home crowd.

“We have been playing really well this season,” said head coach Eric Nichols. “We have been defending very well and we have been creating chances. There isn’t more I can ask for out of the team.”

BG’s home record is now 2-1-2 and they are 2-1-0 in the Mid-American Conference.

BG is preparing to wind down their regular season schedule with only seven games left, three of which are against teams from the Mid-American Conference, and three of which will be played at Cochrane Field.

“We have been defending very well and we have been able to create many chances, so we plan on going into this next game the same way we go into every other game,” Nichols said.

BG will play its third straight home game Wednesday, then go on the road for two games. First, they will head to Davidson, NC, to face Davidson, then to Dayton to face Wright State.

According to Silva, the Falcons have learned how to prepare for both home and road games equally and having a home crowd cheer for them helps but they don’t prepare any differently, he said.

“We want to continue to defensively lock our opponents down, we are in really good shape defensively,” Nichols said. “We know we can be successful if we concede less than a goal a game.”

The Falcons will look to gain another non conference win in front of their home crowd at Cochrane Field Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

“We have to stay in the right mentality,” Silva said. “We have to focus on what we need to do to get the win.”