CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Mount Mercy was handed its first loss of the season on Saturday at 20th-ranked Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) in Milwaukee, Wis., then rebounded with a victory at Briar Cliff on Monday in Sioux City.
The Mustangs and Wolves traded goals on Saturday, but Josh Roberts provided the game-winner in the 75th minute to give Stritch a 3-2 win despite playing a man down for the final 22 minutes of action. The Wolves were an NAIA national tournament team in 2012.
Junior defender Fergus O'Connor scored his second goal of the season for the Mustangs on an assist by freshman forward Marco Fichtner and senior forward Josip Druzijanic notched his fourth score of the year. Senior goalkeeper Harrison Burgess made seven saves for Mount Mercy.
Druzijanic scored twice and Fichtner added a goal and an assist in Monday's 4-1 victory over the Chargers. The Mustangs (3-1-0) put 21 shots on goal compared to just eight by Briar Cliff.
Freshman forward Filip Kovacevic had Mount Mercy's other goal. Senior midfielder Veselin Karagyuarov, senior defender Peter Bell and senior forward Robert MacGillivray also recorded assists. Freshman keeper Goar Kempf-Heitlinger stopped seven shots in his second victory of the year.
Mount Mercy will play five of its next six games at home, beginning with a Saturday showdown with Central Methodist (Mo.) at 4:00 p.m. at Lower Kingston Field.