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Men’s Soccer Resilient in OT Win

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Sara Whittenburg – Staff Writer

Friday night the men’s soccer team showed determination when they won against Methodist University in the second half in over-time. Michael Stark ’11 scored the winning goal. Payton Lambert ’13 assisted Stark with thirty seconds left in the game.

The men had to tackle more than just the Methodist team but also the referees. Two goals were declined due to off sides, but the team continued to prove themselves to the audience, their opponents, and to the referees that they could win the game.

The center referee seemed more aggression to the teams playing. The Methodist team endured harsh attitude. The referee was quoted for saying to the opponents coach to take out one of their main players or he was going to give him a red card. From the sideline view, this seemed excessive. Especially since there was a little bit of shoving going on.

“The team showed a lot of resilience. It’s difficult when the refs are against you, but we are our biggest opponents. We play together; it’s not just one person who makes the win,” Stark said.

Lambert headed the ball towards Stark and when asked how he felt and what was going through his mind he said, “It was crazy!”
The team was committed to keep on playing the game and when the opportunity aroused they were ecstatic.

“We had our chances; just got to keep on playing,” said Chris Conover ’13, who is a midfielder and center back player.

The goalkeeper, Avery Makel ’11 kept the score 0-0 with his amazing saves, giving Lambert and Stark the opportunity to score the winning goal, 1-0.

“Determination shows commitment to the team and to the aspiring freshmen. It pushes the older guys to get better. Everyone pushes everybody,” said Stark.

These boys have heart for the game, the school, and their fans. Our men’s soccer team seems to practice the word, perseverance, which allows them to succeed on the field and beyond.

“[We had] good support on the bench,” said Robert Finn ‘14 and Spencer Martin ‘14.

The men’s soccer team will be playing against Wesley at 7:30 at the Kerr Stadium on Friday, Sept. 10.