Last week the men’s soccer team had three wins. The first came against Mount Marty with a 1-0 victory. The second win came against Concordia with a score of 2-1 and a final win at home against Upper Iowa, 2-1. This boosted their number of victories from two to five during this winning streak.
Following this was a game against Dakota Wesleyan, which was one of the hardest games of the season, according to freshman starter Jonathon Taves. It was a “crucial game” of the season and the odds were not in their favor. The away game was poorly lit and played on a soggy field. Although they lost the game 0-2, the team has still overcome some major obstacles.
Overall, the team had to remain focused. Taves believes that they are able to outplay teams when they stay focused, but it has been a difficulty for them. However, the team has strengthened and become unified throughout the year.
This week’s game was a loss against Sioux Falls 0-2. This puts NW’s record at 5-11-1 with one more game left in the season. Senior Aaron O’Brien led the team with four shots, followed by junior Aron Pall and freshman Brandon Hammack with two each. Junior goalie Jeff Lanser also made two saves throughout the game.
The Raiders play their final game of the season this Saturday against Doane in Crete, Neb., at 7:30 p.m.