The Western Michigan University Men’s soccer team lost a heartbreaker to the Detroit Titans Wednesday afternoon 1-2.
Thanks to inclement weather, the game was held at the Kalamazoo College soccer field. Fans attending got to enjoy the brand new facilities K-College has built.
The Broncos started off the game well as forward Shane Lyons put a penalty kick past Detroit’s goalkeeper to put Western up 1-0. This would remain the score throughout the first half.
Lyons had a chance to put the Broncos up 2-0, but his free kick hit the crossbar hard and the score remained the same.
Detroit came out aggressive in the second half and was able to put up two goals against Western giving them the lead, and eventually the win.
“We just didn’t mark our men,” said WMU Head Coach Stu Riddle. “Unfortunately it comes down to individual performances and individual guys making sure they track there runners, and those guys lost them.”
Riddle said that at least it was a non-conference game and they still have four conference games left to potentially end the year on a high note.
One of the remaining conference games will be Sunday when the Broncos host Hartwick. The game will be back at the WMU soccer complex and will mark this year’s senior day. Riddle does not think his team will have a problem bouncing back for Sunday’s game after the disappointing loss to Detroit.
“They shouldn’t have trouble having any motivation because it’s senior day,” said Riddle. “There’s four guys here that are…seniors that have given a lot to the program. We need to go out for them and make sure we put on a really good performance.”
The loss drops WMU’s overall record to 9-4-2 and their conference record to 1-1-1, which is currently good enough for fifth place in the Mid-American Conference. With good results in their last four conference games the Broncos should be able to move up in the standings.
Sunday’s senior-day game at the soccer complex will start at 2 p.m.