SU CONTINUES TO ROLL IN DIVISION PLAY (2/29/04)
Southwestern hosted the UTSA Roadrunners, winless on the season,
but still a very talented team. In fact, last year UTSA took the
lead in SA with 26 seconds left before SU came back to tie the
game and eventually win in overtime.
Coming into this game, SU knew UTSA would play hard, and they
did. For the first half the game, however, SU did not. In fact,
the Bucs were content top exchange goals with the Roadrunners, and
were continuously out-hustled and outplayed in the first half as
the let down coach Bowman was waiting for at some point reared its
By half-time, SU held on to a tenuous 1 goal advantage at 5-4, and
started off the third by giving up 2 goals to go behind for the
first time in the game.
That is when Bier and the rest of the team decided to wake up and
play with the intensity they have been capable of showing. Bier
started a three goal blitz in a matter of three minutes that put
SU up by two, and SU never looked back as it continued to score a
total of 8 unanswered goals the rest of the game before UTSA
placed a meaningless goal in the net with one second left on the
The 13-7 win put SU in very good position for a playoff run at 5-1
in division and 5-2 overall, nursing a five game win streak in the
SU has no illusions about the second half of the season, which
starts next weekend against the defending champion St. Edward
Hilltoppers, and the Preseason #5 team in the nation.
In fact, St. Ed's beat #6 KSU this week. Not only St. Ed's, but
SU is playing 3 out of its next six games against nationally
If SU is able to pull off the upset against St. Ed's in Austin
next week, it will almost guarantee a spot in the playoffs for the
first time in almost ten years.
Game balls went to Biermacher, who along with Caldwell, Frank,
Gainey and Jeffcoat, always carry the team offensively, but seldom
get singled out as they are expected to do what they do. Bier
sparked the team to a quick turnaround with his mastering of the
face-offs once again, and gave SU its first multiple goal lead of
the day. We never looked back.
The other game ball went to first year player, and new to the
game, Travis Nelson, getting his first start at D along with
Sholars and Kunkelmann. Nelson played a controlled game. His
positioning was excellent all day, and he truly stood out on the
Gupta and the third line again took many valuable minutes,
notching the first assist of the day, and Jones almost scoring
point blank on the UTSA goalie. Daulton returned after a two week
hiatus for surgery, and while, playing hurt for the rest of the
year, would not be denied time on the field. He stepped in for an
injured Gette at man down middie, a place he started the season,
and did an exceptional job.
Emmel notched an assist to keep his string of at least a point a
game alive, and the attack led the team in the point category
again. Adams, who we thought would have to step in for injured
Ehrlich at goal played brilliant on the first line all day, as did
Arrington, again showing great promise at facing off.
Many thanks goes out to Weldon, who has been injured since the
beginning of the season, but is expected back right after Spring
Break for the home stretch, and Mr. Caldwell, Dave's dad for
shagging balls, and helping line fields.
St. Ed's will be our toughest battle to date. An underrated team
this year because of some early losses, St. Ed's is a very good
team that is well coached. In order for SU to come away with a
win, it will need to be at the top of its game.
We hope all will make the drive to St. Ed's next week to support
the Bucs in what stands to be a very big game for the young team.
The real season is just beginning for the Bucs, as people are
starting to notice, but now that they are we have to decide how we
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