The men’s soccer team will face off with Centenary College on this Friday, and finish out the home weekend on Sunday against Austin College.
With the first half of conference play complete, the men stand with a record of 8-6. In the most recent game last Saturday the pirates lost to rival Trinity at home with a final score of 2-0.
Junior Goal Keeper Daniel Poole recorded seven saves in the 2-1 Concordia win earlier that week on Tuesday, including stopping a one-on-one shot at the end of the first half. Senior captain Evan Perkins came off the bench to score both of the Pirate’s points.
“The win gives the whole team confidence,” Senior Forest Baker said. “Our reserves played great off the bench, and everyone is feeling great.”
That confidence came in handy when facing school rival Trinity University, who were ranked number one in the country coming into the weekend. As a senior, Perkins reflected on his team’s history with Trinity.
“Trinity is huge,” Perkins said. “They look at us like a team that they can just come and beat up on, but we want to prove to them and our younger players that we shouldn’t be overlooked anymore.”
Perkins’ intensity is matched by his fellow captain, Baker.
“The Trinity game is always in the back of your head,” Baker said. “It’s a very emotional game. No matter the standings, no matter what, both of our teams step up.”
Keeping these emotions in check was important for both teams.
“We’re going to come out and try to land the first punch, and if we can’t then we have to respond well to theirs,” Perkins said. “We’re not going to back down.”
Despite the pressure of rivalry and conference competition, the team prepared for the match as if it were an ordinary game.
“If we play our game, and they play their game, and they beat us, then they are just a better team,” Baker said. “You have to make the other team adjust to you.”
Although the Pirates fell to the number one ranked team, the team was not discouraged by the loss.
“When you play these big games, there’s nothing to lose. Since we have nothing to lose, we come out with all our might,” Baker said.
The loss had a positive side, as many proud Pirates came out to support their men.
“We love it when everyone comes out to watch us. It’s why we play the game,” Perkins said.
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