EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – The SIUE men's soccer team's unbeaten streak extends to seven games with a 1-1 draw against Mid-American Conference foe Western Michigan.
The Cougars improve to 9-1-3 (1-0-1 MAC) while the Broncos are now 7-5-2 (0-1-1 MAC).
"I was happy with our performance against a really good Western Michigan team," SIUE Head Coach Mario Sanchez said. "Unfortunately the one mistake we made in the back they capitalized on and I give them credit on that. We created a lot of good chances tonight."
The Broncos answered almost immediately to even up the score. Western Michigan's Paul Liagre scored off a nice through ball in from Jake Ruff.
Western Michigan outshot SIUE 5-1 in the first half, but the Cougars controlled much of the possession.
Things were tight in the second half with a lot of physical play.
SIUE had numerous chances in the second half to put the game away, but missed the mark on their shots. In the 59th minute, SIUE's Steven Bibas curled in a nice shot that beat Western Michigan keeper Luka Von Lienen, but it ended up hitting the far post.
The Cougars kept their pressure up late in the second half. In the 66th minute, Greg Solawa had a nice effort on goal for the Cougars, but it ended up going just wide of the far post.
"I thought we did a better job at getting to the end line in the second half," added Sanchez. "We told them to be a bit more risk taking in the second half and our guys did a good job with that."
The first overtime flew by with just a couple looks on goal from each team. Right before the first overtime period ended, SIUE's Lachlan McLean took a shot that went wide of the goal.
SIUE outshot the Broncos 11-10 in full-time. SIUE goalkeeper Noah Heim recorded five saves on the night. Mclean led the Cougars in shots with three.
The Cougars will be back in action Tuesday at 6 p.m. as they travel to face Evansville.
"We use a lot of numbers for our mid-week games," said Sanchez. "I think one thing we've shown this season is that we are deep, and we will continue with that."