Ashland Scores Early & Late, Blanks Upper Iowa

Ashland Scores Early & Late, Blanks Upper Iowa

The Ashland University men's soccer team bookended their game at Upper Iowa with goals and kept a clean sheet in the middle to secure a 2-0 win in GLIAC play on Sunday (Oct. 6) afternoon in Fayette, Iowa.

The Eagles (3-6, 3-3 GLIAC) have now won three of their last four games and completed a 2-0 road trip against a pair of conference opponents.

"We've had a couple of professional performances, earning two wins on the road with two clean sheets," said head coach Oliver Slawson. "The nice thing with both games is that we know we can offer more as we move forward."

Ashland led from the outset, scoring a goal after a good bit of possession in the fifth minute. Redshirt-junior Jackson Crawford carried the ball down the right channel before delivering a dangerous cross in front of the goal mouth.

The ball was hit away by the Upper Iowa keeper, but only as far as junior George Brown, who smashed in the opener for his first career goal.

The Eagles maintained their level throughout the half, leading in shots, 11-9, in the first 45 minutes.

In the second half, the Eagles continued to mount pressure and put the game away in the 85th minute.

Senior Alexander Majors led a charge down the right side and squared a ball to sophomore Keagan Brown near the top of the box. Brown's shot was saved, but the rebound fell to senior Tomas Cordeiro, who slotted it home for his first goal of the season.

The Eagles held an 18-13 lead in shots overall, and redshirt-sophomore keeper Marshall Ney made six saves to preserve his second consecutive clean sheet. Ashland has shut out its opponents in all three of its wins.

Ashland will play just one game this week, which will be Friday (Oct. 11) at 1 p.m. at Davenport.