Blue Devils stay close against Crossroads
ROCHESTER — The Riverland men's soccer team lost 5-1 to Crossroads College on Thursday.
Despite the setback on the road, the visiting Blue Devils were competitive throughout the first half. The first half ended 2-0 in favor of Crossroads College.
Riverland was missing its starting goalie because of his one game suspension incurred in the previous game in North Dakota.
"The score doesn’t reflect the way played," Riverland coach Soner Dogan. "We played better soccer than the last time out; we had more possessions, and were attacking more but we couldn’t finish it. Crossroads scored whenever they came to the our end of the field."
This trend continued in the second half as Crossroads College scored three more goals to register the win. Although they scored a goal in the second half, the Blue Devils offense couldn't produce enough to offset the defensive lapses.
"That’s the way soccer is sometimes and the better team doesn’t always get to win," Dogan said. "The Crossroads players wanted to win the game more than we did. They were running a lot, and I congratulate them for their win. For us now, we need to keep our heads up and work hard to focus on our next game."
Riverland (0-2) travels to Willmar on Saturday for a game against Ridgewater.