Men's soccer settles for scoreless draw

Men's soccer settles for scoreless draw

TIFFIN -- A sluggish Heidelberg University men's soccer team settled for a 0-0 draw against Mount Union on Saturday afternoon. The tie hands the Berg its first non-win, moving to 9-0-1 (2-0-1 OAC). The Purple Raiders sit at 5-5-1 (1-1-1 OAC).

Neither team had many good looks in the first half. MTU controlled most of the tempo in the period, taking advantage of HU mistakes.

With 13 minutes to play, Mount Union's Daniel Chung launched a wide open shot. Heidelberg goalkeeper Jake Kress made a spectacular save lunging to his right, knocking the ball out of bounds.

In the waning minutes of regulation, HU's leading goal scorer Cory Gilbert threatened to put the Student Princes ahead. Mount Union's keeper, Zach Hlas, came up big for the Purple Raiders, preserving the shutout and making the save.

Heidelberg's best chance in the first overtime came just 45 seconds into the period. Rodrigo Meza was given a wide open shot from the top of the box, the shot ricocheted off the crossbar, right to HU midfielder Kyle Morton. Morton headed the ball for what appeared to be the golden goal, but Hlas made the save once more.

HU could not capitalize on a free kick just outside the box in the second overtime, and had to settle for the draw.

The Student Princes outshot Mount Union, 25-9. Hlas made 12 saves in the match for MTU. Kress logged his seventh clean sheet of the season, making five saves.

Heidelberg travels to Ohio Northern on Wednesday evening. Kickoff in Ada is scheduled for 7 p.m.