ANKENY, Iowa—The Faith Eagles men's soccer team survived weather delays and a late rally from the Red Devils of Eureka College to win its Homecoming game on Saturday, 2-1.
Eureka had victories over Faith rival Emmaus twice already this season and brought a 2-1 overall record to Pyche Field for Saturday's contest, which was interrupted by lightning and rain for more than an hour.
The Eagles managed only six shots on goal the entire game but made the most of them. Nathan Stupka put the Eagles on the board first with a goal at the 24:17 mark, assisted by Josiah Zollinger. The Eagles took that 1-0 lead into halftime.
At the 66 minute mark, the Eagles expanded their lead to 2-0 off an unassisted goal by Noah Zollinger.
Eureka scored late in the contest off a penalty kick, cutting the lead to 2-1 with just under seven minutes to play. Things got heated in the close contest with four yellow cards issued over the course of the game—two on Eureka, and two on Faith.
The goal by Stupka gives him the team lead with three. The assist by Josiah Zollinger gives him the team lead with three. Jason Conable and the Faith defense persisted once again, surviving 19 shots on goal from Eureka. Opponents have outshot Faith 73-15 for the season.
The Eagles have now won two straight, but face a difficult three-game road stretch this week with games at Maranatha (1-3) on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m., Barclay College (0-4) on Friday at 6:00 p.m., and Manhattan Christian College (2-3) on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.