The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


December 5, 2013

Soccer: Saints reach National semis

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – In the first two games of the 2013 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Men’s Soccer National Championship, the Ashford University men’s soccer team gave its coaches and fans plenty of thrills and heart-stopping moments in a pair of double-overtime wins.

Their national quarterfinal match was exciting, too, but with much less drama.

Freshman Daniel Dreier exploded for two goals and two assists for the tournament’s fourth-seeded Saints in a dominant 5-1 win over the fifth-seeded Red Storm of the University of Rio Grande (Ohio).

Senior Lucas Almeida, junior Javier Ramirez and freshman Johannes Langhans added goals, and freshman Tim Krautheim chipped in with a pair of assists as the Saints improve to 16-4-1 and advanced to the national semifinals for the first time in program history.

“We did what we do well and (stuck) with our counter-attack game plan,” coach Richard Markham said. “We were able to really use our speed to our advantage, and it got under their skin and caused them to take a red card. It was a great effort all around today. Our goaltending and our defense kept them off the scoreboard and we just clicked from the opening whistle.”

Dreier opened the scoring for Ashford in the 14th minute, taking a loose ball down the left side and past the Red Storm defense before firing a shot past goalkeeper Jon Dodson for his team-leading 16th goal.

That marker moved the Wellendorf, Germany, native into a tie with Krautheim for the single-season record for goals in a year and gave Dreier the program record for most points (38) in a season.

The Red Storm began to apply pressure shortly after the opening goal, knotting the game at 1-1 in the 18th minute on a goal by Pau Delgado Rodriguez, his 17th of the year.

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