Niles soccer team blanks Brandywine, 3-0

Published 12:06 am Tuesday, September 4, 2007

By Staff
NILES – Justin Zimmerman and Zak Herrmann scored first half goals as Niles defeated rival Brandwyine 3-0 in a non-conference soccer match on Saturday.
It was the second meeting of the season for the Vikings and Bobcats.
Niles edged Brandywine 2-1 at the VanDenBerg Tournament.
Niles (3-1) totally dominated the match, getting off 21 shots to Brandywine's three.
The Bobcats' Brian Exner was credited with six saves.
Zimmerman's header opened the scoring with 35:41 remaining in the first half.
Herrmann scored on a penalty kick after being taken down in the inside the box just over a minute later to make it a 2-0 contest.
Levi Riggenbach completed the scoring from 10-yards out on a cross Billy Siderits with 10:04 left in the match.
"Whenever we face Brandywine, I expect a hard fought contest," Niles coach Jerry Holtgren said. "It was the second time we have played them in a week, so both of us knew what to expect. Much of the game we worked the ball well and were able to keep pressure on their goal."
Due to injuries, Niles was forced to play some younger players. Zach Bloss made he first start in goal and drew praise from his coach.
"I was definitely pleased with his performance," Holtgren said. "His addition will help us in the coming weeks."
Brandywine dropped to 1-4 with the loss.
Halftime Score
Niles, 2, Brandywine 0
First Half
N – Justin Zimmerman 35:41
N – Zak Herrmann (penalty kick) 34:32
Second Half
N – Levi Riggenbach, Billy Siderits (assist) 10:04
Shots on Goal
Brandywine 3, Niles 21
Brandywine 6 (Brian Exner), Niles 1 (Zach Bloss)
Brandywine 1-4, Niles 3-1