Scot’s drop season finale to Vikings
November 6, 2015
The Scots finished off their season in disappointing fashion as they fell to Lawrence University 1-0 on Saturday. The Scots will end their season at 5-12-1 overall and a 3-6-1-conference record. The Scots now are 8th in the conference standings and will not qualify for the Midwest Conference tournament this weekend.
“It sucks not to make the tournament,” said senior Danny Guzman. “For the majority of the season it was next man up, so I’m proud of the way we came together and played in the absence of key players. There’s a great core of players here that will shine after the experiences they gained this year.”
Senior Konor Tempel made his first start in the net since suffering an injury in the preseason in his final match of his collegiate career. Despite registering six saves, Tempel and the Scots defense were unable to prevent the Vikings from scoring 26 minutes into the match.
Lawrence’s defense held on to the thin, 1-0 lead over the Scots to spoil Monmouth’s season finale. Sophomores Erick Hernandez and Justin Seeley, along with freshman Agustin Miranda, all had shots on goal that were turned away by the Vikings goalkeeper. The Scots rattled off a total of nine shots in the pair of halves.
The Scots’ season will come to a close after battling injuries and ejections to key players throughout the course of the season. Senior Josh Sutherland, Tempel, Daniels, and sophomore goal keeper Chase Stroud were all among those who missed a significant portion of the season.
“The young guys stepped up through our adversity,” said Sutherland. “It really sucked not to play as much as I wanted to, but having great teammates really helped me keep my head up and get as healthy as possible.”
The Scots will see six of their teammates graduate this year, with the senior class also including defensemen Bryce Adams and David Thul. Thul was the only member of the six man senior class that was not a four-year contributor to the team.
“It was great to be able to play the game I love one last time,” said senior Max Daniels. “I played with a bunch of guys that also loved the game and we all just went out there looking to win and have fun. We didn’t win as often as we would’ve liked, but I couldn’t have asked for better teammates.”
The Scots have a bright future on the horizon, with a number of statistical leaders being sophomores and freshman. The Scots will wave goodbye to their seniors and look to start anew next season as this chapter of Monmouth Soccer comes to a close.