NNU men’s soccer team miss used their opportunity

NAMPA, Idaho – The Northwest Nazarene men’s soccer team played the final 48 minutes of Saturday’s game up a man against Westminster College.
Unfortunately for the Nighthawks the advantage didn’t result in a victory.
Westminster scored two short-handed goals and left NNU Field with a 3-1 victory.
“It’s really frustrating in that regard,” NNU coach  Joel DeLass said. “We started the second half well and got the goal back, but gave up another stupid goal. It’s hard to score two goals in a game and then we are chasing even more which gave them the opportunity to get the third and put it away.”
The match was chippy throughout with eight yellow cards and the red card. Westminster also scored on a penalty in the first half.
“This one stings a lot,” DeLass said. “It is a game where we had the opportunities to win it and we don’t take it.”
Westminster scored in the 24th minute on the penalty kick and then went down a man on a red card to Blaze Nelson in the 42nd minute.
The Nighthawks tied the match at 1-1 in the 58th on a goal by José Labanino-Ramos
But the Griffins quickly answered scoring in the 63rd minute and then put it away in the 86th.
“When you shoot yourself in the foot like that you are never going to win a game,” DeLass said. “A lot of that is our youthfulness showing through. We weren’t disciplined.
“We have a lot of younger guys and it is a growing process for our team. We just have to stick together and find a way to get some results next week.”
The Nighthawks travel to Colorado to face Fort Lewis College on Thursday and Colorado Mesa on Saturday. Both games are at Colorado Mesa in Grand Junction, Colo.
In the earlier game Saturday, Cal State Los Angeles defeated Saint Martin’s 1-0.

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