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MEN’S SOCCER team finishes season strong

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Written by: Communicator StaffNovember 18, 2017

By: Emily Anderson

The Fort Wayne Mastodons’ men’s soccer team won the last three games of their season, bringing their stats to four ties, five wins, and nine losses.

“The wins the team has accomplished have all come against very good teams,” Mike Harper, coach of the Fort Wayne Mastodons Men’s Soccer Team, said.

The score was 2-1 at the conclusion of their game at Bowling Green on Oct. 24. Fort Wayne took more shots on goal, scored more goals, and got more fouls than the Falcons did. Each goalie saved four shots. Harper said the windy evening provided a challenging environment for the players as the wind got up to 20 miles an hour.

Nearly 45 minutes of play time had passed before any goals were made, but with a minute and a half left in the first half, the Bowling Green Falcons scored first. Next, Carmelo Morales, assisted by Will Hunt, scored the Mastodon’s first goal from ten yards out.

For his second goal of the year, the winning goal was scored from 25 yards out on a free kick by Matthew Lieshout.

The Mastodons played their next to last game at IUPUI on Oct. 31. The Mastodons won 2-1 against the IUPUI Jaguars. This game was not part of the conference, although IUPUI had been part of their conference in the past. Harper said IUPUI is always a big rival for them.

In preparation for their final game, a determining factor in getting to play in the conference tournament, Harper said the team focused mainly on keeping players healthy.

In reference to the upcoming games, Harper said “We are going in with the attitude to win.”

The final game of the season was at home against Eastern Illinois University on Nov. 4. The game went into overtime, as EIU scored at the last minute, tying them 1-1 with the Mastodons.

The Mastodons lost 1-2, but took just as many shots as EIU did and had less fouls.

This loss took the Mastodons out of the running to participate in the the conference tournament on the weekend of Nov. 9 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Harper said “Keelan Barker, a center back captain, has stuck out to me this season because of his ability to lead both on and off the field as well as Romain Lopez, a new player this year, because of his ability to overcome various injuries and end up scoring some important goals for them this year.”

Although their season is now over, the team will stay involved and active next semester. They will be training every day in the spring, but only have five competition days next semester.

“Spring is usually a time to rebuild a bit and get some younger guys some playing time,” Harper said.