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Weber sets shutout record in 3-0 win over Knights

MORRIS - With a berth in the conference tournament already locked up, the University of Minnesota, Morris men's soccer team went an extra step in securing a first-round home game today Wednesday, posting a 3-0 win over Martin Luther.

With the win, senior goalkeeper Tyler Weber posted his ninth shutout of the season, setting a new program record for single-season shutouts, breaking the four-year-old standard set by Tyler Simpson in 2007. The reigning conference Defensive player of the Week also now has 23 career shutouts, four shy of the school record.

Entering the day second in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) standings with a 9-2-0 record, the Cougars now need just a tie in their final game to guarantee they will open the post season at home on Nov. 2.

Martin Luther gave the Cougars a gift in just the eighth minute of the game, when a pass from the Knight defense back to the goalkeeper was off target, slipping past the keeper and into the corner of the net to put the Cougars up 1-0.

That was all Morris would get until the 81st minute when Greg Borchers took advantage of a Knight penalty in the box to score his second penalty kick of the season.

Then finally, after 28 total shots the Cougars scored during the course of play, with John Hastings scoring on a cross into the box from Matt Johnson. It was Hastings' second goal in his last three matches, after scoring the first of his career on Oct. 20.

Midway through the second - and still clinging to a 1-0 lead - the Cougars were called for a foul just outside the 18-yard box, leaving the Knights to set up for a free kick. With Morris still setting up their wall, Martin Luther quickly shot, with the attempt going just wide of the far post, preserving the UMM lead.

The Cougars allowed just five total shots, and for the first time all season, they held their opponent without a shot on goal.

They close out the regular season back on Cougar Field this Saturday, Oct. 29, hosting Bethany Lutheran on Senior Day. Kickoff with the nights is at 2:00 p.m.