The Baker University Wildcats fell to the Hastings College Broncos 2-1 on Tuesday night at Liston Stadium. The No. 10 ranked Wildcats are now 1-1-0 for the season while the Broncos are 2-0-0.
Baker had six shots in the first half compared to Hastings’ four, but a goal from the Broncos’ Marc Tautz put the Wildcats on the trailing end at the half.
In the second half, Baker continued its aggressive offense by outshooting the Broncos 7-2. A free kick by Kyle Young in the 51st minute almost put Baker on the board, but Hastings goalkeeper Joe White was quick with the save. White recorded three saves for the night.
Hastings continued to test the Wildcats’ defense, ending up with a second goal in the 56th minute by Adam Knight. Knight had two of the four shots on goal by Hastings.
At the 58th minute a red card was given to Hasting’s Daniel Fragachan, giving the Wildcats an opportunity to fight back; however, the ‘Cats weren’t able to capitalize on the Broncos being one man down until the 90th minute of the game. Blake Levine for the Baker Wildcats scored a last-minute goal, bringing the final score to 2-1.
A 45-minute weather delay was issued due to lightning with 15:04 left to play.
The Broncos were also shown three yellow cards throughout the game in addition to their red card.
The Wildcats had 13 shots for the night, but only four were on target. Austin Halsey led the Wildcats with four shots. Baker committed 11 fouls Tuesday night compared to the Broncos’ 15.
The Wildcats will now make their way up north to take on the No. 5 ranked Davenport University Panthers in Lima, Ohio, on Friday and the No. 18 ranked University of Northwestern Ohio on Saturday.