The University of Minnesota, Morris men's soccer season opener ended with a scoreless tie against St. John's University at Big Cat Stadium Wednesday.
First-year interim head coach Scott Turnbull has high expectations for his team, including several new faces like Dallas Campbell, Cory Schmeling, and Ryan Cadigan.
"I was especially pleased with our freshmen," Turnbull said after the match. "They played strong. They didn't get intimidated at all."
The Cougars' defense was also stellar, frustrating the St. John's offense. When the Johnnies did manage to break through, junior goal keeper Tyler Weber snuffed out several attacks, using his own aggressiveness to end charges well away from the goal.
"Weber was fantastic tonight. I think it's the best game I've seen him play."
The Cougars dominated possession in the first half, making several long runs into the Johnny end, but were unable to convert. In the second half, St. John's dropped a striker into the midfield to bolster their defense, limiting the Cougar attacks for the remainder of the game.
Both teams had chances to score in the two overtime periods, but neither succeeded.
Each team had 15 shots on the night. Weber recorded six saves. The fouls were nearly even with 12 on UMM, 11 on St. John's.
The Cougars journey away for the weekend, playing Hamline this Saturday and venturing northward to UW-Superior for a Labor Day tilt.