KALAMAZOO, Mich. – SIUE men's soccer dropped a 1-0 decision to No. 6 Western Michigan Saturday at the WMU Soccer Complex.
The Cougars dropped to 7-8-1 overall and 2-2-0 in the Mid-American Conference play. Western Michigan improved to 14-2-1. The Broncos moved to 4-0-0 in MAC play and secured the regular season championship with the win. WMU will host the tournament Nov. 10 and 12.
Despite the loss, SIUE has clinched a spot in the MAC tournament.
Western Michigan struck for the lone goal in the in the 21st minute. The score came courtesy of a Tommy Clark corner kick. Ben Thornton headed home the kick for the game-winner.
"It's disappointing," SIUE Head Coach Mario Sanchez said. "We worked on (defending) those corner kicks this week."
"Full credit to Western Michigan," Sanchez said. "They defended very well, but we didn't do a good job keeping the ball in our offensive half."
Sanchez said the second half was an improvement.
"We picked up the tempo in the second half," Sanchez said. "Unfortunately, there have been too many games where we've been a little hesitant and we didn't play a complete game. You have to play 90 minutes, especially against good teams."
SIUE goalkeeper Kyle Dal Santo made four saves. WMU's Drew Shepherd made just a single save to earn the shutout.
The Cougars will finish the regular season Saturday at home against West Virginia.
"This week will be all about good habits," Sanchez said. We take pride in finishing well. It's important to create positive momentum as we go into the conference tournament. We're looking forward to having a great opponent coming into Korte Stadium."