Men’s Soccer Snaps Losing Streak
October 9, 2015
Anthony Matozzi / The Courier
The Men’s Soccer team played back-to-back games over the weekend and finished 1-1 in the pair of matches. After a disappointing 3-1 loss to St. Norbert College on Saturday, the Scots rebounded to beat Ripon College 2-0 on Sunday. The Scots now sit at 4-7 overall on the season with a 2-2 conference record.
“It was mixed results over the weekend,” said senior Josh Sutherland. “We would have liked to go 2-0 against our conference opponents. Every game matters, especially when you are talking conference rivals. We’re going to keep working hard to make sure we post more zeroes in the loss column.”
The Scots came out with fire, in hopes of snapping their two-game losing streak. The Scots defense was unable to stop a goal by the Green Knights in the 17th minute of the match. St. Norbert added to their lead ten minutes later, after Andy Frank of the Green Knights fed a goal past sophomore Chase Stroud.
Stroud was unable to stop the Green Knights’ third goal of the match early in the second half, but Stroud and the defense kept St. Norbert off the board for the rest of the match. Senior Max Daniels was able to feed a pass to junior Louis Badang for a goal in the 71st minute, but the Scots were unable to muster any other offense in the match.
The Scots were able to rip off a total of five shots total against the Green Knight defense. Badang and freshman Agustin Miranda were the only two Scots who were able to put their shots on goal.
“It was dissapointing to lose that one,” said Senior Danny Guzman. “We played hard, but our defense didn’t perform like we all know can perform. We work hard all week to be the best defensive team we can possibly be, but we were not able to get it done against a team in our conference.”
The Scots took to their home turf one last time before they hit the road when they took on the Red Hawks on Sunday. The Scots did not take long to take the lead, after Daniels was fed a pass from freshman Connor Oltman to score the go-ahead goal in the ninth minute. Sophomore Luke Vandenberg was able to add an insurance goal in the 24th minute of the match.
The Scots’ offense took off, as they ripped off 12 shots and put seven on goal. Stroud stopped the only shot on goal the Red Hawks had in the match, as the Scots defense was able to hold Ripon College to four shots total. The Scots toppled the Red Hawks 2-0 to snap their three-game losing streak.
“It was great to help the team rebound like that,” said Guzman. “Sunday was a fun match to play, because everything really came together all at once. Offense and defense, everybody played their hearts out and our results reflect that.”
Monmouth College will return to action on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. as they travel to Iowa to take on Grinnell College. The Pioneers are 3-2 in conference and are coming off a 3-1 victory of Carroll College. The Scots will play six conference opponents in their final seven regular season matches and will not return home again until October 24th against heated rival Knox College for senior night.