The Western Michigan University men’s soccer team picked up its sixth win of the season Friday night, winning 1-0 against the Valparaiso Crusaders.
Kyle Farris was substituted into the game in the 30th minute and scored his first goal just over a minute later. That would be the difference. Assisting on the lone goal was Erik Kelly and Yllson Asani.
Valparaiso had some chances to tie the game, but Sean Lewis, Bronco goaltender, snuffed them out. Lewis came up with six saves Friday night, including stopping a few headers on goal by Valpo’s Yannick Iwunze.
The game was played under the lights of Brown Field, which ended up reflecting off of a lot of yellow paper. The referee was very busy, booking seven Broncos with yellow cards on the night. Within a span of four minutes near the beginning of the second half, three Bronco players and one Crusader were shown yellow cards. James Dutcher, Bronco midfielder, also received the only red card of the game in that time frame.
The cards were the result of physical play and some chatter between opposing players. The referee didn’t take kindly to a few remarks directed at him, either. After the buzzer sounded, there was even some pushing and shoving between players. Both benches ran onto the field, but no postgame fireworks erupted on the pitch.
Valparaiso, out of the Horizon League, falls to 1-4-1 on the season, while WMU continues to lead the Mid-American Conference, improving to 6-1-0.
The next game for the Broncos is Tuesday night. They will again be on the road, facing Wright State, another Horizon League opponent. Wright State lost 3-0 to Niagara on Friday night, and are now 2-5-0 on the season.