- Inside Athletics
|Marygrove (7-3-0, 2-1-0 WHAC)||1||0||1|
|Indiana Tech (5-4-1, 0-3-0 WHAC)||0||0||0|
|Fort Wayne, Ind.|
|1||35:16||Jad El-Zein (Marygrove)|
|Marygrove||Indv. Leaders||Indiana Tech|
|#10 Jad El-Zein - 1||Goals||None|
|#10 Jad El-Zein - 6||Shots||#7 Braden Walker - 3|
|#21 Levanno Lewis - 3||Saves||#1 Reece Richardson - 3|
|Marygrove||Team Statistics||Indiana Tech|
|18 (4)||Shots (on goal)||10 (3)|
FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- Jad El-Zein (Tyre, Lebanon/Dearborn Fordson) sent home his fifth game-winning goal of the season and freshman keeper Levanno Lewis (Montego Bay, Jamaica/Cornwall) earned his first collegiate shutout in net as the Mustangs (7-3-0, 2-1-0 WHAC) picked up a hard-fought 1-0 road win in a rematch of last year's WHAC quarterfinal matchup at Indiana Tech.
The win over the Warriors lifts the brief all-time series in favor of the Mustangs, 2-0-1. Last season, the teams settled for a 1-1 draw at Marygrove before the Mustangs topped Indiana Tech, 2-1, in the WHAC Quarterfinals.
El-Zein's goal, his ninth of 2013, came in the 36th minute after Indiana Tech's keeper couldn't clear the ball cleanly. The ball was gifted out front and El-Zein took advantage to bring his season points total to 22 in 10 games played. The goal was all the Mustangs needed Wednesday (Oct. 2) night in Fort Wayne as the defense held firm for the 1-nil win.
The defense – shifted around due to the Mustangs' injury-riddled roster at this point in the season – was anchored by a sound effort from Abdoulie Jallow (Bansang, The Gambia/Rust). Playing center back, Jallow helped lead a defense mainly comprising of Ahmed Almosawi (Dearborn, Mich./American Muslim Academy), Ysen Dalipi (Dearborn Heights, Mich./Crestwood), and Chad Lane (St. Clair Shores, Mich./Lakeview) to help seal the team's first shutout of the 2013 campaign.
Levanno Lewis turned away three Warrior shots to pick up the shutout victory. The win lifts Lewis' record to 2-2 over his first four games as a Mustang.
The Mustangs outshot the host Warriors 18-10 overall, including a 10-2 advantage over the first 45 minutes of action. El-Zein led with six shots (one on goal), while Alex Cabildo (Westland, Mich./John Glenn), Jallow, and Ahmed Jamalaldin (Dearborn, Mich./Henry Ford CC) each chipped in with a shot on target.
"It's always great to go on the road and get a win in our conference," said head coach Matt Johnson. "Every game is highly important in the WHAC due to the level of competitiveness the conference possesses this season."
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