Green Knights Rally Past Ripon

From Sports Information Director, October 3, 2009 | Men's Soccer
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College scored the final three goals of the match en route to claiming a 4-2 Midwest Conference win over Ripon College at the Minahan Stadium Complex.

The Green Knights improved to 7-2 overall and 2-1 in the MWC with the win, while Ripon fell to 3-6-1, 2-2.

Ripon drew first blood on Vince Butitta's goal at 29 minute 49 seconds. St. Norbert's Ben Vanden Avond squared the match at 1-1 with a penalty kick at 34:11.

Ripon pulled ahead at 58:22 on Joe Drexler's goal, but St. Norbert didn't waste much time to score the equalizer on Petro Czerniak's first goal of the season at 61:47.

St. Norbert salted the game away when Eric Natwick scored at 71:25 off assists from Adam Sanchez and Nick Anderson. Donny Baloun then knocked home a goal at 79:41 off an assist from Vanden Avond, his second of the game.

St. Norbert outshot Ripon 17-8 and held an 8-3 advantage in corner kicks. Joe Schwartz made one save for St. Norbert, while Ryan Crane made one save for Ripon.