By: Zach Bucher
The men’s soccer team played in the Illinois Wesleyan University Titan Classic on September 6th and 7th, and came out with no losses: a tie and a win.
In the first day of the tournament, the Eagles played hard against Alma College where the game ended in a draw. The next day, the Eagles came out even stronger and got the W as they shut out University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
In the game against Alma, the eagles came out strong in the first half and went into halftime with a 2-0 lead. Senior forward Ante Markotic scored in the 23rd minute on a penalty kick and only a short time later junior midfielder Jonny Lehman scored for the Eagles as well. The Eagles led until late in the game when Alma scored twice in the last ten minutes of the game.
The next day against Wisconsin-Platteville, the Eagles posted the first win of the season winning 2-0. The game was hard fought and was scoreless most of the game until Nick Kapetanos started the scoring for the Eagles in the 61st minute. Kapetanos scored again for the Eagles late in the game to seal the deal for the Eagles.
“This weekend was a good weekend for us as a team. We were able to get two positive results against good teams. We were unlucky in the first game against Alma to not come away with a win. We had a two goal lead within the last ten minutes; however, I feel like we learned from that mistake of giving up a lead and we were able to hold onto our lead in the second game to get a 2-0 win. It was nice to see the team stating to come together. A lot of the underclassmen are stepping up and giving great performances. This weekend showed us that we are a good team that has the potential to be a great team if we can continue to improve and play for each other.” Said senior Jonny Lehman.
The Eagles look to continue their winning ways as they have their home opener Wednesday September 10th against Illinois Wesleyan College at 6 p.m.
Women’s soccer also played in a tournament this weekend in St. Louis. The lady eagles suffered back to back losses to Webster (2-0) and Washington University (8-0). Washington University is ranked second in the nation.
In Saturday’s game against Webster, freshman Maddie Frye was able to stop six shots from entering the goal, but it was not enough to keep Webster from scoring. The team ended the tournament on Sunday against Washington University. Washington University scored three goals within the first 17 minutes of the game. Frye split playing time with freshman Amanda Lozada during the game. Frey stopped seven shots and Lozada halted eight attempts.
“It was a tough weekend for us, playing the #10 and #2 ranked teams in the nation, but we intended on keeping a positive attitude. These games will only make us better. We are looking forward to our first home game this Thursday and the upcoming conference games.” Said senior captain Rachael Hodison.
Come out and cheer on the women’s soccer team Thursday, September 11th at their first home game of the season when they play Elmhurst college at 7 p.m.