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BU tops Morningside 3-2

BU tops Morningside 3-2

PAPILLION, Neb. -- The Bellevue University men's soccer team received goals from Toby Millward, Oumar Sissoko, and Inaki Aldao to defeat Morningside College 3-2 on Wednesday evening at Papillion Landing.


Bellevue: 7-4-0
Morningside: 3-1-0

Recap: BU 3, Mside 2

On a dreary night, Bellevue was able to deal with the conditions and a quality opponent as the Bruins handed Morningside their first loss of the season.

Oumar Sissoko drew a penalty kick in the 12th minute as Mustang keeper Bjarne Huth came sliding in on a reckless, violent challenge while Sissoko was in the air. Reigning National Player of the Week Toby Millward stepped to the spot and converted the attempt for an early 1-0 lead.

Sissoko doubled the Bruin lead in the 28th minute hitting a one-timer in the box off a cross from Alvaro Capra from the near sideline.

BU looked destined to take a two-goal lead into the break but a diving header from Robin Thomala off a cross from Nicolo Renzi gave the Mustangs new life in the 44th minute.

Despite being outshot 6-4 in the period, Bellevue took a 2-1 lead into halftime.

The second half was a seemingly non-stop barrage of whistles for fouls until Inaki Aldao scored in the 82nd minute. After some hold-up play at the nearside top corner of the 18-yard box, Aldao created a shooting lane and beat the keeper to the far side with a low strike into the net.

The comfortable, two-goal advantage did not last. Bellevue, unable to clear a loose ball in the box, saw Okan Golge pounce and flick a shot into the net to pull the Mustangs back to within a goal in the 86th minute.

Morningside got the final attempt on goal but Moritz Lusch saw his shot saved by BU keeper Harry Wray.

The Mustangs finished the game with an 11-10 edge in shots while Bellevue recorded two corner kicks to one for Morningside.

Player of the Game

Inaki Aldao - Scored the eventual winner and moved into sole possession of second on the Bruins' all-time goals list with 38 career goals.

Coach Mark Heath-Preston:

"One of the best games this season. Two really good teams both played some good football and both battled. The quality was in the goals and the winner was a special one from Inaki Aldao. Alvaro Capra was a rock at the back and Federico Umani Ronchi had a great second half. I'm very proud of the team; everyone dug in and worked and ran. Great win."

Up Next:

Bellevue is scheduled to visit Forest City, Iowa on Wednesday, Nov. 11 for a rivalry match against Waldorf University. Kick-off is slated for 2 p.m. from Bolstorff Field.