Men’s football faces adversity at start of season
The men’s soccer team kicked off the season Monday afternoon against home Anderson University at Reavis Stadium. Sophomore Alec McCarty scored just six minutes into the game with a powerful header, giving the Tigers a 1-0 lead. In the 23rd minute of the game, junior Ben Weidner pressured Anderson’s goalkeeper on a routine pass, forcing an error and slotting the ball into the net to double the Tigers lead.
Shortly before halftime, Anderson was able to get on the board after a scrappy scrum in front of DePauw’s net led to a goal from Anderson’s Caleb Gosner. A relatively calm second half was opened up when Anderson’s Drew Vaughn netted a deep free kick with 15 minutes remaining, leveling the game at two goals apiece until its conclusion. Needless to say, a 2-2 draw was relatively disappointing for the Tigers, who had comfortably beaten Anderson in the previous two years.
On Wednesday, the men’s team traveled to Franklin where they won 2-0. Sophomore Ethan Webster scored from a beautifully placed cross from Ben Weidner in the 32nd minute, which he managed to slot the goalkeeper into the back of the net. In the closing minutes of the game, DePauw doubled his lead when Weidner scored again with a hard shot off a pass from junior Sam Thiel.
On Friday, the Tigers took on the University of Chicago, a nationally ranked opponent. Chicago dominated possession and shot attempts throughout the game, but great play and nine total saves by sophomore Alex Lundin kept the Tigers in contention. U Chicago’s Kai Walsh slipped the one and only goal of the game past the Tigers in the 59th minute after a brief battle in front of the Tigers goal. While not the result the Tigers were hoping for, they played impressively against an accomplished University of Chicago team that averages three goals per game.
Despite a loss at the start of the season, there are some positives, according to Lundin.
“Obviously away it hurts the team, you never want to record a loss. We played a team like U Chicago which is, you know, one of the top five teams in the country… It’s the program standard we want to achieve is where we want to be,” said Lundin.
Since playing against U Chicago, the Tigers have had one win and one loss.
On Sunday, the Tigers traveled to Olivet College to play their final game of the week. Needless to say, the team finished the week strong after crushing Olivet 5-1. The goals were scored by senior Quinn Flaspohler, two by Sam Theil, second Jack Kirby and freshman Jack Powers. To wrap up the two-week period last Wednesday, the Tigers suffered a disappointing 1-0 loss in a tight home game to Rose-Hulman. They then tied Milliken and Center in 1-1 matches. Only good things can come from the adversities the team has faced, according to senior captain Jacob Fowler.
“It’s been an interesting season for sure…So far we’ve faced tough opposition, but I think that’s the push we need to win a conference title. Our goal is always to reach our potential and hopefully this year we can do that,” Fowler said.
The team now has a record of three wins, two losses and three draws.