DUBUQUE, IOWA – The University of Dubuque Men’s Soccer team jumped out to an early 2-0 lead but needed an extra 15 minutes to earn the 3-2 win over Simpson College. The victory was the 50th for Coach Brad Johnson as the UD Men's Soccer Head Coach. UD is now 9-3 overall and tied for first place in the Iowa Conference at 3-0.
The Spartans would win on a Nick McDonald (Cary, Ill./Cary Grove) header in the 105th minute. After the Storm cleared a UD corner kick back to midfield, Jack Stefanski (Wauconda, Ill./Carmel) took possession and hit a cross into the box for McDonald. The goal for McDonald was his second of the game and 16th of the season.
The Spartans scored the only goal of the first period on a Brayden Prothero (Gwa Beach, Hawaii/Kamehameha) shot in the 36th minute of action. Assisting on the play were McDonald and Sam McKee (Algonquin, Ill./Jacobs). UD outshot Simpson 9-3 for the period while holding the Storm to one shot on goal.
Dubuque went ahead 2-0 on McDonald’s first goal of the game in the 61st minute after weaving through the defense for a 1-on-1 situation with the goalie. Jon Hazelwonder (Troy, Mo./Buchanan) assisted on the goal.
Simpson would go on to score two goals of their own to force overtime. The first goal came after a UD handball in the box led to a penalty kick. With less than eight minutes to play, the Storm tied the game at 2-2 with a goal from 40 yards out.
Jake O’Rourke (Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gormon) finished with four saves and two goals allowed in 105:09 minutes in goal.
UD finished the game with a 21-13 advantage in shots.
McDonald set or tied three school records in the game. He tied the record for single season game winning goals with five and broke the career record with his 14th game winner. McDonald also moved to the top of the list for career shots, ending the game with 214 career shots. All three records were previously held by Pablo Martinez.
UP NEXT: The Spartans will host the defending IIAC Champion Luther College Norse (7-3-2, 1-2-0) on Wednesday, October 10th at 7:00 pm. Watch LIVE online through GAME CENTRAL.
GAME NOTES: UD is 5-8 all-time versus Simpson, winning four of the last five contests… McDonald, with 44 goals, is only one score away from tying Nicholas Cookston for the school record in career goals... McDonalds 16 goals this season is the second highest in school history…