Soccer

The start of the fall term also means the start of the fall sports season, and the 
soccer players have been hard at work in practice and at games. The men’s team lost a
few critical seniors after the 2010 season, including star forward Alex Keller and stand
out right-back Benjamin Feiler. However, the younger players have stepped up and filled
the gaps very well. The team is confident for the upcoming season.

The team had a very strong first-year class and the sophomores and juniors have
played very well in addition to acting as leaders of the team. Team chemistry is very
high, which is an important in having a successful season.

“We are all playing very well together. We understand how we all play which
increases our chances of winning,” sophomore midfielder Steven Resnik said.

The team has already had to adjust its line-up because of injuries to crucial
players. Junior forward Evan Perkins suffered a fractured wrist and junior midfielder
Ryan Jensen suffered a mild sprain to his ACL as well as a lateral tear to his meniscus.
Despite this, the team has still played well.

“We definitely miss the injured players, but it has given a chance for other players
to show their talent. It’s nice to know that we can still perform well without them, and
also that we will be that much better when they return,” said sophomore midfielder
Timothy Eamma.

The Pirates have looked strong in the pre-season with impressive wins over Texas
Lutheran University and the Texas A&M club team. Their most impressive win was
at Hardin-Simmons, where they won 4-3. The team was trailing 2-0 after ten minutes
but ended up with the win. Sophomore forward Thomas Davis was essential in the win,
scoring three of the teams four goals.

“This game was so important for us. We had faced tough teams in the preseason
and needed a game like this to boost our confidence. This is a game that we can definitely
build on,” Davis said.

The Pirates had a solid performance against a very strong A&M team, beating
them 1-0. The game was very physical but the team was able to overcome this and
thoroughly deserved the win.

“The A&M game was another step in building and shaping our team. They were
a large team with some big players, but we were able to outplay them,” sophomore
defender Matt Landon said.

The preseason is almost over and conference play begins Sept. 30 at Sewanee.
Despite a tough pre-season, the Pirates are very confident for conference.
“We developed a lot this pre-season, and that is what pre-season is all about. We
figured a lot of our problems out and worked through them. There is no reason why we
should not have a strong conference season,” Resnik said.

The season opener is an important game for the Pirates, but the most anticipated
game is at Trinity on Oct. 14. The Trinity Tigers are bitter rivals of the Pirates, and after
winning a close, though questionable game last year, the Pirates are ready to show their
dominance.

The 2011 season should be a good one for the Southwestern Pirates.

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