Bruner, Yadav victorious on senior day

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Bruner almost scored!

Jack Haury and Thiago Costa hug senior Jack Bruner after the game on Saturday. Bruner had been unable to play because of multiple injuries during his career at Doane, but finally got his chance during a victorious senior day game.

The Doane men’s soccer team celebrated a vital win on Saturday when they defeated Dakota Wesleyan 3-1.

This victory keeps their post-season bid for the conference tournament alive.

The win was especially appreciated because it fell on senior day for the two seniors on the team, Nishesh Yadav and Jack Bruner.

The Tigers are now 2-5-1 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference with three matches left to play. Each of the following games will impact the likeliness of making it to the tournament.

Sophomore Markus Pieper proved a vital player for the Tigers, scoring two of the three goals in the game.

He scored first by flipping the ball over the Dakota Wesleyan goalkeeper in the seventh minute of play.

His second goal was a header into the goal during the 21st minute of the game.

Before the game, the two seniors were recognized for their hard work and dedication to the team. Their families were invited to join them as they walked across the track in front of the stands as Doane Athletics announcer and assistant athletic director Cody Vance introduced them to the crowd along with their activities, plans after graduation and stories he recalled.

Vance shared the emotional story behind Yadav’s jersey number. Yadav proudly wears the number 58 to honor the 58 victims of the One October shooting in Las Vegas, NV, which is his hometown.

Yadav, a starter, posted six saves during the game.

This was the first varsity game Bruner has appeared in due to injuries.

Bruner subbed in after junior Josh Bundy scored a penalty kick following a foul in the box.

The atmosphere of the game amplified when Bruner ran on the field with his teammates all on their feet cheering for him.

The Tigers will travel to Seward on Wednesday to take on Concordia University at 8 p.m.