Men's Soccer Downs Hamline Behind Three Second Half Goals
Sep 4, 2015
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Sophomore Leo Lenth scored twice in the span of three minutes early in the second half to propel the University of Dubuque men's soccer team to a come-from-behind victory at Hamline, 3-2, on Friday night.
The Spartans (2-0) faced an early deficit after allowing a Hamline goal just six minutes into regulation. It was tough sledding until the second half as the Pipers held an edge in every category including shots, 5-4, corner kicks, 4-3, and saves, 3-1, at the break.
Lenth took matters into his own hands as he torched the back of the net less than eight minutes into the second stanza off senior defender Jake Fahrenkrug's assist. After going scoreless for the first 53 minutes, it took a mere 2:20 for Lenth to notch his second goal of the season thanks to junior Gonzalo Hernandez's assist from 10 yards out on the right side.
Hernandez wasn't finished and earned his second game-winning goal at the 83 minute mark, less than one minute after the Piper's game-tying goal in the 82nd. Hernandez, who moved into sole possession of ninth-place on UD's all-time goal scoring list, earned the 15th goal of his career off his own free kick.
The Spartans outshot the Pipers (0-2) 10-6 in the second half to claim victory in the first ever meeting between these two teams. Hernandez attempted a team-high five shots while Lenth made both of his tries. For the second straight game senior goalkeepers Riley Jensen and Jose Resendiz split the first and second half, respectively. Resendiz collected a team-high two saves.
UD takes on Macalester College tomorrow night, September 5, at 7:30 p.m. up in St. Paul, Minn.
Note: The start of the game was delayed one hour due to bus troubles.