first_img Full Schedule Roster Watch Live WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Sophomore Leroy Enzugusi (Marion, Iowa) scored a first-half goal for the Drake University men’s soccer team in a 1-0 win over Central Arkansas Saturday, Sept. 29 night in Missouri Valley Conference action at Tiger Field in West Des Moines, Iowa. The match was moved from the Cownie Soccer Complex due to unplayable field conditions from the heavy rain in the metro area the past two days. Live Stats Story Links ESPN3 PDF Box Score Drake goalkeeper Jared Brown (Aurora, Ontario) finished with five saves in the team’s second-straight shutout. It is the third clean sheet this season for the Bulldogs. Next Game: at Evansville 10/13/2018 – 5 PM Enzugusi scored his team-leading sixth goal for Drake (6-3-1, 1-0-1 MVC) in the 36th minute (36:23). Redshirt junior Cole Poppen (Ankeny, Iowa) sent a cross into the box that redshirt sophomore Lucas Bartlett (Overland Park, Kan.) put his head on as the ball knocked off the crossbar and hit a Central Arkansas (4-4-1, 1-1-0 MVC) defender as the Bears failed to clear the ball. Enzugusi rushed in and flicked the loose ball past the goalkeeper, Marc Olsen. “We have done extremely well to earn three important conference points at home in a tough battle against a very good UCA side,” said Drake head coach Gareth Smith. “In these tight games you have to maintain a high level of concentration, organization, discipline and work hard at doing the basics right and tonight we did that very well. We showed a very good level of tactical discipline and were solid defensively from back to front because everyone executed their roles well. Keeping a clean sheet is a point of pride for our team and we have achieved that objective for the last two games which is pleasing.” Preview “A lot of credit goes to the leadership of those throughout the spine of our team,” Smith said. “Jared was first class again in goal. Bartlett and Alex Peterson (Duluth, Minn.) did a masterful job in limiting UCAs leading scorer, Niklas Brodecki’s impact on the game. Paul Ciszewski (Germantown, Wis.), Poppen and Erik Fahner (Omaha, Neb.) turned in an excellent performance in the midfield on both sides of the ball. Steven Enna (Overland Park, Kan.) was again a powerful presence as our target and led the line with experience and quality. As for our offensive, we showed again we are a real threat and created a number of chances from a number of different players throughout the team which is important. Delighted to see Enzugusi get on the scoresheet again as he is investing a lot into his game and it is good to see that hard work pay off. We have a good balance of youth and experience in the team are making very good progress overall.  We just need to focus on the process of getting better game by game as there is still room for improvement.” Following Saturday’s game, Drake has a week off until Omaha visits Cownie Oct. 6 in the squad’s second-to-last non-conference match. Kickoff for the match with the Mavericks is set for 7 p.m. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more