Clarke University opened its 2011 Midwest Collegiate Conference slate Saturday with an impressive 2-1 victory over Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa.
and Dino Ramic
scored first-half goals for Coach Sean Esterhuzen's Crusaders, who evened their season mark at 3-3 with their first turf field victory in three years.
Dismang opened the scoring with an unassisted goal at the 11:49 mark. Dino Ramic
's shot from 20 yards out hit the post and Dismang capitalized by nailing the rebound shot. The Crusaders made it 2-0 with two and a half minutes remaining in the opening period when Ramic scored off an assist from Ricky Chicas
, who had stripped the ball from a defender.
Clarke dominated the contest for the first sixty minutes, and after Ashford (4-2) closed within 2-1, the Crusaders defense clamped down. Clarke goalkeeper Luke Van Meveren
preserved the win when he tipped a shot out of the top left corner in the closing minutes.
Ashford claimed the women's matchup, 2-1.