Men’s soccer falls to Graceland

Story by Jim Joyner, Sports Editor

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The men’s soccer team fell at Graceland University to the Yellowjackets on Saturday, 2-1.

The men took on a Graceland team that sat at the bottom of the Heart of America at 2-10-1 coming into the game. The Yellowjackets had also yet to win in the conference.

Graceland took the momentum immediately by scoring 45 seconds into the game with a strike from junior Trenton Thielfoldt that beat freshman goalkeeper Patrick Rydeberg. The shot marked the earliest goal scored on Baker this season.

Baker recovered and responded quickly as senior Preston Phillips found the back of the net with a header in the seventh minute for his first goal of the season.

Seconds before halftime, with the score tied, Baker’s defense could not hold out. Graceland junior Matheus Miranda headed in the go-ahead goal. At the half Graceland led, 2-1.

Miranda continued his success into the second half as he rifled five shots on Rydberg. Rydberg and the Baker defense remained strong and did not concede another. Rydberg made eight saves on the Yellowjackets’ 20 total shots.

Sophomores Kyle Young and Matt Hamm each had two shots on frame. Phillips and freshman Blake Levine both placed one of their two shots on frame. The Wildcats also had three corner kick opportunities in the second half but failed to capitalize.

The men’s record drops to 5-7-2 and 1-2-1 in the conference.

BU will play Avila University at 2:30 p.m. on Friday in Kansas City, Mo.