CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- It wasn't pretty, but Mount Mercy was happy to leave Lower Kingston Field with a 4-2 win over William Penn in a Midwest Collegiate Conference men's soccer opener on Saturday.
Senior forward Robert MacGillivray assisted senior forward Josip Druzijanic's goal in the 28th minute, then gave the Mustangs (6-4-0, 1-0-0 MCC) a 2-0 advantage when he curved in a corner kick off the keeper's hands three minutes into the second period.
The field was already a mess from constant rainfall, then the match itself got sloppy. Frustration mounted for the Statesmen (8-3-0, 0-1-0 MCC), who played a man down for the final 40 minutes of regulation after an ejection in the 50th minute. Shortly after, senior midfielder Aaron Lacy got his first goal of the season thanks to senior midfielder Veselin Karagyuarov's assist.
What looked like a dominating win for the Mustangs would become a game again when Penn knocked in two penalty kicks in the 75th and 87th minutes to cut Mount Mercy's lead to 3-2. At that point, the Statesmen brought their keeper up and Druzijanic was able to break away for the clincher with a little over a minute left.
Freshman goalkeeper Goar Kempf-Heitlinger and Penn's Mason Bandy each stopped three shots. Pedro Pereira had a save in relief of Bandy. Mount Mercy will go to Canton, Mo., for a 3:00 p.m. match at Culver-Stockton (Mo.) on Tuesday.