|Mount Mercy (Iowa) (5-6-0, 2-4-0 Heart)||0||1||1|
|Evangel (Mo.) (4-9-0, 2-5-0 Heart)||2||1||3|
|1||29:30||Christian Lopez (Evangel (Mo.))|
|1||31:52||Christian Lopez (Evangel (Mo.))|
|2||61:32||Ljubisa Palic (Mount Mercy (Iowa))|
|2||63:06||Julio Quezada (Evangel (Mo.))|
|Mount Mercy (Iowa)||Indv. Leaders||Evangel (Mo.)|
|#10 Ljubisa Palic - 1||Goals||#17 Christian Lopez - 2|
|#9 Adin Turanovic - 1||Assists||2 Players (#6,#9) - 1|
|#15 Souleymane Diallo - 4||Shots||#17 Christian Lopez - 3|
|#1 Dane Lee - 2||Saves||#0 Josiah Dinwiddie - 5|
|Mount Mercy (Iowa)||Team Statistics||Evangel (Mo.)|
|14 (6)||Shots (on goal)||12 (5)|
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Evangel (Mo.) scored two early goals, Mount Mercy cut that deficit in half but couldn't level the match and dropped its fourth-straight match, 3-1, in a Heart of America Athletic Conference men's soccer game on Saturday afternoon.
- The Mount Mercy offense has been held in check over the past four matches, scoring just three goals over that span.
- The Mustangs (5-6-0, 2-4-0 Heart) have allowed 16 goals during the losing skid after allowing only seven in their first six games.
- Evangel (4-9-0, 2-5-0 Heart) has won two matches in a row after an eight-game losing streak that ended with a 2-1 win over Avila (Mo.) on Oct. 3.
- The Mustangs and Crusaders are battling Culver-Stockton (Mo.) for eighth place in the Heart. The top 10 teams will make the postseason tournament, which begins the first week of November.
- Mount Mercy held an advantage in total shots (14-12) and shots on goal (6-5).
- Dane Lee made a pair of saves for the Mustangs, while Josiah Dinwiddie stopped five of the six shots he faced on Saturday.
How It Happened
- Christian Lopez opened the scoring with a goal in the 30th minute on an assist by Braden Toebben, then added another just two minutes later on an assist by Nick Wagner.
- Adin Turanovic set up Ljubisa Palic's team-high 10th goal of the season in the 62nd minute. Palic ranks second in the Heart in total goals and goals per game (0.91).
- Julio Quezada quickly answered, giving the Crusaders a two-goal cushion.
- Mount Mercy plays its next five matches at home, beginning with a non-conference matchup with St. Francis (Ill.) (7-4-1) on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. at the Robert W. Plaster Athletic Complex. Clarke (2-8-0, 0-5-0 Heart) comes back to Cedar Rapids on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in a rescheduled match that was cancelled due to lightning on Oct. 3.