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Westminster soccer: Midland sneaks past Griffins in double overtime

By Josh Fisher

For the Deseret News

Published: Sunday, Sept. 1 2013 10:48 p.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY – The Westminster College men’s soccer team suffered a second straight loss at home Sunday afternoon as it fell 1-0 to Midland (Neb.) in double overtime at Dumke Field.

Alan Craig scored the game’s only goal in the second period of overtime as he dribbled around the defender and slid a shot just past the Westminster (2-2) keeper for the victory. It was the second shot in overtime for Midland (3-1) and came in the 106th minute.

The game was played fairly even throughout the afternoon with Midland taking 13 shots in the game while the Griffins attempted 11. Westminster put six of those attempts on goal, including three in the overtime periods. Westminster held a 6-5 edge in corner kicks and was whistled for 19 fouls while suffering 15.

Ryan Smith took seven of the Griffins 11 shots and got four of them on frame. He had a chance late in regulation from a free kick that was turned away and then another strike in overtime was right at the Midland keeper. Connor Thompson took two shots with one on goal.

Logan Butzier made eight saves in goal but took his first loss of the season.

Westminster concludes its season-opening five-game home stand Monday when it hosts No. 4 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) at noon at Dumke Field.

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