Written by Student Assistant Jake Bilyeu
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Turning in its best defensive performance yet, the Pacific Lutheran University men's soccer team defeated the University of Dallas 2-0 on Saturday to open the squad's two-game tour of Colorado.
The Lutes (2-1-1) made goalie Tanner Premo's job easy today by constricted the Crusaders offensive flow, limiting Dallas (3-2) to just five shots and only one on goal. None of those shots were taken by the Crusaders' leading scorer, who was silenced in the game.
"It was nice to get the first shutout of the year," said Head Coach John Yorke. "I was happy for the defensive group that they were able to put a good game together."
The Lutes still needed some offense, and got it midway through the first-half. Clint Absher took a pass from Eddie Na and sent the ball through the ride side of the net in the 27th minute for the 1-0 lead. The score was Absher's second of the season, and it gave Na his tenth point of the year.
Diego Aceves added to the Lute lead with his second goal of the season early in the second half, rebounding an Isak Visser miss off the post in the 51st minute to give the Lutes the two-goal buffer to conclude the scoring.
"It was great to get a win on the road against a good opponent," said Yorke. "We are getting better defensively and are starting to be more on the same page."
Premo earned the win in goal for the Lutes with one save in 90 minutes of work. Crusader goalkeeper Tino Gamueda took the loss with six saves on sixteen shots faced.
The Lutes take the field again Sunday at 12:30 p.m. against host Colorado College.