Stettler’s Jake Vermeer (#16) in centre back position tries to score against Manluk in Sunday’s match. Vermeer scored the second goal of the game to tie Manluk at 1-1.

Stettler’s Jake Vermeer (#16) in centre back position tries to score against Manluk in Sunday’s match. Vermeer scored the second goal of the game to tie Manluk at 1-1.

Stettler draws 1-1 with dominant Manluk

In their second game of the Battle River Men's Soccer League Stettler played Manluk on Sunday evening, May 8 in a home game to tie at 1-1.

In their second game of the Battle River Men’s Soccer League Stettler played Manluk on Sunday evening, May 8 in a home game to tie at 1-1.

Although Manluk maintained pressure on Stettler from the start, even getting a penalty in the first half, Stettler’s goalie Wyatt Haustein was able to save the shot.

The teams remained head to head with no goals being scored up until the last 15 minutes of the game.

Visiting Manluk scored first, taking a 1-0- lead but Stettler followed suit with Jake Vermeer putting the equalizer on the scoreboard for the hosts without too long a delay.

“In our second game of the season to come out and draw the perennial favourite to win the league was a huge accomplishment,” said coach Andrew Vanderburg. “Manluk is very well organized and run a club that takes games very seriously, but we have taken huge steps forward as a team to improve so to draw one of the top teams is a giant moral boost for the squad.”

According to Vanderburg, goalie Wyatt Haustein was his man of the match.

“He saved a penalty early in the game along with a number of key huge saves to keep us in the game,” added Vanderburg. “The late equalizer by Jake to secure us the draw was an incredible individual effort to track the ball and strip the goalie of it for the goal.”

Vanderburg said that in next week’s game the team is focused on getting their first win of the season in Wetaskiwin, where they face Diablos on Sunday, May 15.