Men’s soccer aims for high playoff seed

Men’s soccer aims for high playoff seed The men’s soccer season is quickly reaching its end. The Warriors did well throughout October, despite a couple of unexpected losses, said junior captain Rafael Alcolea.

However, they had big wins over Tabor, Bethany and York College as they continued through conference.

“I think the most important thing that worked in those wins was teamwork,” said freshman Gustavo Reyes. “We defended all together as we attacked together, in my opinion that’s the key of our success.”

Sterling’s win over Bethany College this season was the program’s first win against the Swedes since 2008. Similarly, the Warrior’s victory against the York College Panthers was the first win since 2013.

“It is quite satisfactory for us as a group to realize the culture switch that we have produced this year,” Alcolea said. “We knew we had the talent to change things around the program, and we capitalize on the opportunity. The wins against Bethany and York are proof that our program has a new face.”

The Warriors faced off against McPherson at home on Oct. 22. It was a back and forth match with neither team scoring in the first half. As the second began, McPherson quickly took a 1-0 lead.

In the 63rd minute of play, Johnathan Carcoma sent a header into the goal off the assist from Alcolea to tie the game 1-1. Both teams kept up the attack, eventually forcing the game into overtime. McPherson scored first to win 2-1 over Sterling.

Both teams kept up the attack, eventually forcing the game into overtime. McPherson scored first to win 2-1 over Sterling.

“We had enough time to think about the mistakes we made that day,” Reyes said, “since we had the weekend off. We have to stop thinking about that game and turn the page because we have a new game tomorrow that is very important for us.”

Only two weeks remain in the season for the Warriors. They currently stand with a record of 4-5 in conference and are looking forward to their last three games.

“I am definitely excited to face off against Avila and Southwestern this week,” Alcolea said, “as it is really important to get those wins. We are also getting prepared to play the defending champion Kansas Wesleyan, which will be a challenging opportunity for us. We want to get the highest possible seed in the playoffs, and we are working every day to get where we want.”

The Warriors play their final conference game at Kansas Wesleyan University at 7 p.m. Nov. 5.  

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