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Men’s Soccer suffers two straight losses

October 2, 2015

Anthony Matozzi - The Courier

The Men’s Soccer Team was unable to match the results of their 2-0 week. After falling to division rival Beloit on Saturday, the Scots were bested by the No. 8 regionally ranked Dubuque Spartans on Wednesday. Monmouth College now sits at 3-6 overall with a 1-1 conference record on the season.

Sophomore Chase Stroud and the Scots defense continued to show their defensive grit, by blanking the Beloit in the first half. The Scots kept the Bucs to just three shots on goal for the day, but lost on a goal scored in the concluding minutes of the game.

Despite an excellent corner kick, the Scots failed to convert to the kick to tie the game. Monmouth College take their first conference loss on the season following the loss to the Buccaneers.

“I think that our team has responded well to losing a few games,” said senior Josh Sutherland. “It’s a long season and we’ve already seen injuries in some of our guys. We hope to keep moving in a positive direction and look forward to getting more wins for Monmouth.”

Monmouth College was able to get a total of five shots off in the match and put four of them on goal. Sutherland lead the team with two shots on goal and three shots total. Stroud tallied three saves against the Buccaneers.

The Men’s team hosted the #8 team in the region when the Dubuque Spartans came to town. Senior Danny Guzman and the Scots offense were able to get six shots off, but were unable to pass it by the pair of Spartan goalies.

Anthony Matozzi - The Courier

Stroud tallied six saves against the Spartan offense and kept Dubuque off the board until the 35th minute of the game. Dubuque’s offense took off in the second half of the match by tallying a total of three goals before time expired. Monmouth College fell to the University of Dubuque 4-0.

“We all go into practice knowing that the next game is important,” said Guzman. “We are not satisfied yet and this is not the final product. We can still improve and be a better team.”

Guzman was one of four Scots to get a shot off against the stingy Spartan defense. Sophomore Zeb Soignier lead Monmouth by ripping off three shots and being the only member of team to tally a shot on goal in the match.

Sophomore Luke Vanderberg and freshman Sebastian Heretyk were the other two Scots who were able to tally a shot in the match.

Stroud now posseses a 0.723% save percentage on the season with a 1.78 average of goals allowed. The sophomore goal tender has recorded a total of 34 saves following the three save effort.

“We have been working day in and day out to improve our game,” said senior David Thul. “The team is focused on becoming better in every aspect of the game.”

The Scots will continue their home stretch with a pair of conference games this weekend. The Scots will begin the weekend with the St. Norbert Green Knights at 1:30 P.M. The Ripon College Red Hawks will come to town on Sunday at 1:30 P.M. to finish off the Fighting Scots’ homestand.

Anthony Matozzi
Sports Editor

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