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Soccer loses in close game: Monmouth men’s team loses in double overtime after penalty kick

October 31, 2014

The Monmouth College Men’s Soccer team was handed a tough pill to swallow last weekend after being defeated in a penalty kick by Grinnell College in double overtime at home.

The Scots came into the game hoping to secure a berth into postseason play, but came away wishing for a redo.

The Pioneers handed the Scots a difficult 1-0 loss to drop Monmouth into a three-way tie for third in conference. The team is in the tie with Illinois College and Carroll University.

In order to move on to the Midwest Conference Championships, the Scots have to place within the top four spots.

“It was a tough loss,” said junior Danni Guzman.

“But this defeat opened the team’s eyes and we know that something like this cannot happen again. It was a learning experience and it has made us an even more competitive team,” Guzman said.

The Scots weren’t happy with the performance, but aren’t going to let that stop them from working hard for a win in the last conference game of the season against Beloit College.

“We knew the importance of this game and it slipped out of our hands in a split second. We couldn’t believe it. We put ourselves in a tough position, but we know what we have to do for this upcoming weekend,” said Guzman.

The Scots and Pioneers faced off defensively for over 100 minutes with Grinnell managing just six shots total in the game and the Scots managing 14.

Both defenses stepped up in the first overtime by not allowing any shots on the goal.

Junior Luke Cogan performed well through the first three periods of play, but was unable to stop the game winning shot in second overtime. Cogan stopped five of the six shots the Pioneers fired off.

Grinnell’s Elliot Meyer hit his first shot on the penalty kick and was able to slide the ball past Cogan in the 107th minute of the game.
“Saturday will be the deciding factor in our season,” said junior Josh Sutherland.

“If we are able to move on after a win at Beloit on Saturday then it will be our first conference tournament appearance in a number of years. Looking ahead to conference we still need to keep the right mindset and prepare ourselves for the rest of the games we have.”

The Scots will hit the road on Saturday to face their final opponent of the regular season. They will square off against a 2-13 Beloit College team and hope to rebound from two straight losses.

This last game is an important one for the team. The Scots are competing against the BlueBoys and Pioneers for one of those top spots in the Conference Championships.

They need to secure the win to have a better chance at getting into the tournament.

Anthony Matozzi
Contributing Writer

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