Men’s Soccer wins two games on road trip

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The Falcons finished up their two final road games with 2-0 wins against Michigan and Mid-American Conference opponents Florida Atlantic.

BG traveled to Ann Arbor, Mich. on Tuesday and defeated the Wolverines 2-0. The win marks the second straight year that the Falcons have defeated Michigan.

The match was tied at halftime with a low number of shots from each team (BG-5, UM-6). However, after halftime, both teams went full throttle on offense. Michigan had a total of 22 shots during the match and BG had 10.

The Falcons’ first goal came from junior Anthony Grant right after the start of the second half in the 46th minute. The goal was scored by sophomore Danny Baraldi and junior Zach Schewee.

The second goal was scored only three minutes later by freshman Ryan James and assisted by Baraldi and junior Ryan Snashall.

Junior goalkeeper recorded five saves against the Wolverines and helped the Falcons boost their record to 6-7-3 on the season.

After Tuesday’s win, the Falcons traveled to Boca Raton, Fla. to take on MAC foe Florida Atlantic.

The game was originally scheduled for Friday night, but was moved to Saturday morning due to Hurricane Sandy. After the intensity of the hurricane died down when it reached Florida, the game was rescheduled again on Friday night.

The Falcons were not affected by the extremely windy weather and defeated the Florida Atlantic Owls 2-0.

The Falcons’ first goal was scored by Grant in the 12th minute and assisted by Baraldi. With this goal, Grant now has eight goals on the season and is currently the team leader in the same category.

BG’s second goal came from Baraldi in the 24th minute and was assisted by Grant.

Head Coach Eric Nichols was pleased with his team’s performance despite the extreme conditions.

“There were significant, sustained winds blowing toward one goal for the entire 90 minutes.” Nichols said. “We had the wind with us in the first half, they had it in the second half and it definitely affected the game. Neither team had a shot on goal against the wind tonight.”

The Falcons return home this week for their last two matches of the regular season. The first match is against Wright State and is slated for a 7 p.m. start on Tuesday.

BG will then host MAC opponent West Virginia on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the regular season finale.