MILWAUKEE - An early goal was the difference as Western Illinois men's soccer finished its six-game road swing with a 1-0 loss at Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Engelmann Stadium on Thursday night.
The Panthers remain unbeaten at 5-0-1, while the Fighting Leathernecks fall to 1-5 after playing an unbeaten team for the fifth time this season.
Milwaukee got on the board less than five minutes into the match, when Luke Goodnetter took a free kick from 40 yards out and found the head of Declan Rodriguez, who scored at the 4:34 mark.
Approximately 18 minutes into the game, storms caused a weather delay that lasted more than an hour-and-a-half, with play restarting around 9 p.m.
Junior Mario Alvarez had a pair of nice chances, but UWM keeper Liam Anderson saved each attempt, including one in the final three minutes.
The Panthers finished with a 21-12 advantage in shots, including an 8-3 lead in shots on goal.
Yves Dietrich made a season-high seven saves, but took the tough-luck loss. Anderson made three saves to earn the shutout victory.
Alvarez led the team with five shots and two shots on goal. Husref Jupic was right behind with three shot attempts.
Out of the first six games for Western Illinois, only Missouri State (3-1) had a loss before playing the Leathernecks; the other five teams were all undefeated heading into the game against WIU.
That trend has a chance to continue, as Western Illinois will play host to Valparaiso in its home-opener on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Crusaders are currently 2-0-3, but also travel to #15 Tulsa on Friday.