The Raider men improved their record once again on Tuesday with a 2-0 win over the Dordt Defenders. The game started off with hard even play between both teams. The Raiders’ defense put up an exceptional effort to keep the Defenders scoreless through the first half.
“We wanted to come out aggressive, possess the ball and to get a win,” said sophomore Dan DeWitt. “Our defense played really tough and got a shut out which was a really big part of the game.”
Going into the second half with the score at 0-0, the Raiders needed to put shots past the keeper in order to get a win. Then junior Tim Ter Horst scored with an assist from sophomore Brett Wieking, making the score 1-0. The Raiders scored once again with a goal by sophomore Scott Treft, leading the Defenders by two. The game ended 2-0; Raiders.
“I think our intensity stepped up after Tim’s goal,” said DeWitt. “Now for Saturday’s game we are focusing on stopping [Hasting’s] attack and finding their weak spots so we can attack them.”
The Lady Raiders played Dordt last Tuesday hoping for their first conference win. However, they faced another disappointing defeat against their biggest rival.
While trying a new formation, the Raiders held Dordt’s offense, denying shots by setting an off-sides trap. However the Defenders broke through the Raiders formation, scoring four in the first half.
After a tough first half the ladies made an effort to reclaim the game, but were scored on twice more. The game ended with 0-6; a win by Dordt.
“We need to put all the pieces together. We all need to come together and play a full hard ninety minutes of soccer to accomplish our goal,” said sophomore Sara Kernes.
The Raiders have been working hard to master their new formation and to come out focused on Saturday in their game against Hastings.
“We run drills that require us to think and play at game-like pace and mentality. We are stepping up the level at practice so we can come out hard, making our opponents play at our level,” said Kernes.
“At our game against Hasting we just want to come out and not worry about their game, but our game and the level we are going to play at. And hopefully we can get fans out to see our hard work paid off in a game,” added Kernes.
The Lady Raiders play Hasting at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, and the Raider men play at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, both on their home field.