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Courtesy: Nicole Watkins

Grant, Jaroun Score in 2-1 Win Over Aquinas

Courtesy: WMU
Release: 03/19/2012
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KALAMAZOO, Mich.- The Western Michigan University men's soccer team improved their Spring season record to 4-0 on Saturday after a hard fought 2-1 victory over Aquinas College.

The match played in basking sunshine on Waldo Stadium started at a frenetic pace and the visitors deservedly took the lead in the fifth minute of play. Live-wire Aquinas forward Tyler Fischer latched on to a through ball from midfield, rounded outrushing Bronco goalkeeper Sean Lewis before slotting into an empty net.

Despite numerous scoring opportunities for both sides there was no further scoring in the first half.

"We were very sluggish from the get go and were punished for this," noted WMU head coach stu Riddle. "Everything we did in the first 15 minutes was pedestrian and we were lucky just to be one goal down at that point."

With increased possession in the second stanza the Broncos continually pushed to try and find the equalizer and it came on the 70th minute mark through Jason Grant. Yllson Asani collected a pass from Lito Esquivel and laid the ball off to Grant who curled home from 20 yards to tie the game up.

"It was a very good composed finish from Jason. We had just made a formation change to look to get more numbers forward and it instantly worked which was pleasing."

The Broncos would have to wait until the 87th minute to find the winning goal and it came from the foot of Omar Jaroun who smashed a low drive into the bottom left corner from 18 yards out after taking a lay off from make shift forward Asani.

"The key for the lads was to be patient and keep persevering," Riddle said. "We had a lot of the ball in the second half and we knew that chances would come if we used this possession wisely. Hats off to Aquinas, they proved to be a very difficult opponent and its easy to see how they won 15 games last season."

During the shortened Spring season, teams are allowed five competition dates against other collegiate programs, as well as one competition date against an international team.

Next up for the Broncos is two 60-minute home match-ups against Detroit (1 p.m.) and Notre Dame College (3:30 p.m.) on March 24th. WMU will then travel to South Bend, Ind., April 1 to face Notre Dame and DePaul. The Broncos round out their Spring season with a home match against in-state rival Michigan State, April 7.