This past weekend, the men’s soccer team defeated Widener at their Homecoming Game. The Blue Jays defeated the Pride with a final score of 2-0. The Jays found success at home, possibly because of the roaring crowd that had their back throughout the whole game. The Blue Jays were unwilling to let Widener come onto their territory and defeat them.
The Jays continued as a force to be reckoned with as they took down the Widener Pride. Early in the game, the Blue Jays held the ball well and had some promising opportunities. After they scored their first goal, they were able to completely take over the game.
The first goal of the game was scored in the 68th minute. Senior Geoff Cochrane crossed the ball in front of the net to connect with senior Erik Weber as he headed the ball into the back of the net. This gave the anxious crowd something to cheer about.
The Jays seemed to find their groove and about two minutes later, they scored another goal. Senior Tyler Norton took a free kick and was able to find a charging Eric Borkowicz, a first-year, who also used his head to complete the play. After this, the Jays were able to keep Widener off the score board, ending the game in a 2-0 victory.
Junior goalie Eric Carr, who just came back from an injury leave, had missed the previous two games but returned for Homecoming with a vengeance. Carr completed his fifth shutout of the season, saving four shots. This was Carr’s sixth win of the season.
On another positive note, the Jays were able to outshoot the Pride 13-9. The men hope to continue their winning streak as they go on the road for the rest of their season.
Senior Tyler Norton was extremely satisfied with the way the team played, but believes that there is still room for improvement.
“If we could do one thing better, I think it would be keeping the other team on their heels all game. For small periods of the game, Widener had some chances that could have been avoided,” Norton said.
Overall, Homecoming Weekend proved successful for the Jays. They got their goalie back and won the game. Hopefully, the Jays will be able to maintain this successful streak and win their next crucial games on the road.
The men’s soccer team recently defeated Lycoming College 2-1 on Oct. 19. The team has only three regular season games left to play this year. Their next game is scheduled against Arcadia University Saturday, Oct. 22. After this game, the players will face Susquehanna University, a nonconference game, on their home field on Oct. 26. This win has brought the teams overall record to 8-5 and their Middle Atlantic Conference record of 3-2.
The team’s final game of the season is sure to be an intense one for the players to compete in and for the fans to watch. The Jays will be playing the Falcons of Messiah College.
Not only are the Blue Jays and the Falcons fierce rivals, but this is also the team’s final game against a team in the Middle Atlantic Conference. If the Jays perform as they did this weekend, they should have no problem ending their season victoriously.