Men’s Soccer off to rough start
September 9, 2016
Michelle Ravel / The Courier
The men’s soccer team began their season at Dubuque this past Thursday. The Scots got off to a slow start as the Spartans had a 5-0 lead at halftime. The Scots defense buckled down and limited the Spartans to one goal late in the second half. Monmouth never found the back of the net though as they fell to Dubuque 6-0 in their season opener.
The first home game took place on Saturday at Peacock Memorial Athletic Park against Millikin. The Big Blue took an early lead in the second minute of the match. It was still 1-0 as it neared the end of the half when Millikin scored twice within a minute to take a 3-0 lead going into the intermission. Once again the Scots defense had a great second half, holding the Big Blue to only four shots. Monmouth was unable to take advantage though as fell to Millikin 4-0.
Traveling again the Fighting Scots headed to Illinois Wesleyan to face off in a non-conference match against the Titans. Junior Chase Stroud was spectacular as he was able to stop all of Illinois Wesleyan’s 19 shots. In a post-game interview Stroud said “communication was a big thing for us. We just need to stay organized and fight for everything we can.” The Titans had seven shots on goal and nine corner kicks, but the Scots defense would not let up. After two overtimes and a total of 110 minutes still neither of the teams had scored and the game ended in a draw.
“It’s been a rough week due to losing two consecutive games and tying one,” said junior Daniel Ramirez. “We are a team full of freshman so it will take time to get comfortable with each other and find that chemistry we need to win games.”
The men will have a few days of rest before heading to Crawfordsville, Ind. for a doubleheader on September 10th.