By John Stickels
The men’s and women’s soccer teams are wrapping up their conference play by facing school rival Trinity this weekend in San Antonio. Both the men and women’s teams are looking at placing somewhere in the top three going into the conference tournament.
Last Wednesday, the team tied with school rival Trinity in a double overtime game. With a 11-7-1 overall record and 5-4-1 conference record, the men’s soccer team is guaranteed a ranking of three in the conference tournament.
Last weekend, the men played at the University of Dallas and at Colorado College.
“These games are going to act like rival games because they’re both so important to us,” senior captain Forrest Baker said.
The boys split the weekend, beating UD but falling to Colorado. Two weekends ago, the men won a rematch against conference opponent Austin College after losing to the Roos in the first half of conference play.
“They played offsides trap the first game, and we adjusted to that this game so we could beat them easier,” Baker said.
Due to the reduced amount of schools in the conference, all six teams in the will enter the conference tournament this year.
“You don’t have the pressure of fighting to get into the tournament, but the pressure of getting that seed that we want is there,” senior forward Evan Perkins said.
Currently, the men’s team is looking at an easy start to the conference tournament.
“The ideal situation would be to win out the season, which includes beating Trinity which can be done with some effort. Even if we just win this weekend, we still sit at number three which gives us an easy first game against Centenary,” Baker said.
The women’s team will finish out the season with a road game at rival Trinity University tonight. The Pirates are anticipated to place second or third in the conference with a current record of 4-2-1.
Despite dealing with the early losses and critical player injuries, the ladies have produced a winning conference record and are looking forward to competing at the conference tournament. The team is coming off of back-to-back ties in double overtime versus Huston-Tillotson last Tuesday and the University of Dallas last Friday.
“We’ve been working on being more aggressive. We have a very talented team and they’re starting to learn just how hard they have to work in practice to be great,” Head Coach Jene Baclawski said.
Baclawski cited sophomore midfielder Allie Dillon as an example of a hard working player.
“Allie didn’t play much last year and she wasn’t a starter this year, but she earned a starting spot and really helped to turn around our offense.”
Dillon has had five assists over the team’s 5 game win streak alone.
On October 16, the team held their fourth annual “pink-out” game to support breast cancer.
“The tradition started four years ago when one of our player’s moms got diagnosed with breast cancer. This year we also partnered with the community and the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority,” Baclawski said.
That night 10% of purchases by SU students at Shake’s Ice Cream went to fight breast cancer.
Both teams hold a winning record in conference and are looking forward to doing well in their conference tournaments next weekend.