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Scots endure rough week, went 0-3

September 18, 2015

Photo courtesy of Andrea Correa.

The Men’s Soccer team suffered through a rough week after losing all three of their games. The losses came at the hands of Concordia University, Marian University, Augustana College respectively. The three losses now bring the Scots’ losing streak to four straight.

“It has been a rough week,” said Senior Danny Guzman. “However, we take every game as a learning experience. There is always room for improvement and we see now where we must make the most improvements.”

Some of the things we have been focusing on are defense and organization.

The week began with the Scots heading up to Wisconsin on September 11, following the defeat at home against Alma. The Falcons dropped in two goals during the first half, but outstanding defense by the Scots kept them off the board in the second half. Concordia’s defense was just as impressive as they kept the Scots off the board in both halves to secure their 2-0 victory over Monmouth.

“It’s never a fun thing to lose,” said Senior David Thul. “So we’ve been working hard to make the adjustments that we need to be succesful. As the season goes on, our chemistry just keeps building and our communication on the field shows that. Hopefully it will start to translate when it matters.”

The Scots then hoped to change their fortune against the Marian University Panthers. Sophomore Charles Powell was in goal for his second straight game and gave up the lead just ten minutes in. Powell was unable to stop a second half penalty kick, while the Scots offense was kept off the board for a second straight match. The Scots lost to the Panthers 2-0.

Powell served admirably for a Scots team that has been victimized by injuries early. Starting Sophomore Chase Stroud and senior Konor Temple both sat out with injuries.

Photo courtesy of Andrea Correa.

The Scots faced the Vikings with the hope of snapping their losing streak. Sophomore Luke Vanderberg put the Scots up 1-0 with his goal five minutes into the match. Stroud returned from injury, but was unable to prevent the tying goal in the 19th minute of the game. Stroud and the Scots defense kept the Vikings off the board until surrendering the go-ahead goal in the 69th minute of the game. The Scots wound up losing that match to the tune of 3-1.

“The team chemistry has been really great this season,” said Senior Josh Sutherland. “After playing with the same guys day in and day out, spending hour after hour together you get to know one another very quickly. The team has come together very fast and it’s great that it’s happening this way.

“Some of the things we have been focusing on are defense and organization. We start conference play this Saturday and hope to bring these improvements with us throughout the rest of the season.”

The Scots are now 1-4 on the season following the rough week. The Scots will return to action on Saturday when they travel to face Cornell College. Their match against the Rams will be their first conference match this season.

Anthony Matozzi
Sports Editor

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