The University of Dayton men’s soccer team maintained their unbeaten record this weekend while winning the Dayton Tournament at Baujan Field.
Marshall, Milwaukee, and Ohio State were the other three teams involved in the tournament as the Flyers finished with a 2-0 win over Milwaukee and a scoreless draw against Marshall. Dayton took the championship over Marshall on goal difference.
Sophomore midfielder Jonas Fjeldberg received tournament MVP honors, with junior goalkeeper Federico Barrios and freshmen defenders Agustin Volker and Elias Harryson joining him on the all-tournament team.
The Flyers absolutely dominated Milwaukee from start to finish in the first game of the tournament. Although the final score was relatively close, he Flyers outshot the Panthers 20-6.
“We were a bit unlucky not to get a couple more goals there,” head coach Dennis Currier said. “Their goalkeeper did a good job of keeping them in the game.”
The first goal came in the 40th minute and was a Milwaukee own goal assisted by Fjeldberg. Volker then tapped in the pass from junior midfielder Laurel Aug in the 58th minute in order to double the Flyers’ lead. This was also Volker’s first collegiate goal.
“Defensively, we did well getting another shutout,” said Currier. “Offensively, we produced a lot of chances, probably need to be a little more clinical finishing.”
Dayton’s struggle to turn their chances into goals almost came back to haunt them in their Monday afternoon clash with Marshall. Dayton showered the Marshall defense with shots, but only three of their 25 were on target. Even so, Dayton’s ability to create chances and stout defense were major positives coming out of the game.
“Our guys fought hard, I thought our guys getting another shutout defensively was a good thing,” Currier said.
The tournament win last weekend marks the Flyers’ second straight tournament title this year after going undefeated at the Wolstein Classic at Ohio State last weekend.
“Now we are unbeaten and we want to try to remain that way moving forward,” Currier said.
Men’s soccer will be in action next against Western Illinois on Saturday, September 8 at 2 p.m. in Macomb, IL.
Photos courtesy of Erik Schelkun.