The men’s soccer team went into play-offs after going on an eight game win streak. The team earned the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament after its win over Central College on Tuesday, Oct. 24.
The Duhawks faced off against No. 3 seed Simpson College at the Rock Bowl on Wednesday (after The Lorian went to press on Tuesday night).
“Playoffs are a special time,” said senior keeper Jacob Peterson. “The vibe during the games are different. I look forward to these moments. I enjoy the pressure, these are the moments we train for and prepare for the whole regular season.”
The last time the team played Simpson College was Oct. 15. The Duhawks ended up winning that game 1-0 with the only goal being scored by junior midfielder Javi Simon.
“Just because you won against a team in the regular season doesn’t mean you will win again. It is anybody’s game to win. We understand that, and that is what we prepare for,” said Peterson.
The Duhawks added to their win streak with a win over St. Scholastica on Sunday, Oct. 22, beating the Saints 3-0. The Duhawks took control early, scoring in the seventh minute. Sophomore midfielder Mark Broderick leading the way finding the net off a header. Broderick was assisted by sophomore midfielder Miles McDonnell.
Shortly after the first goal, it only took Broderick another five minutes before he found the net again. This time Broderick was assisted by sophomore forward Liam O’Connell. The Duhawks outshot the Saints 30-6, eventually gaining one more goal in the 49th minute.
This time sophomore midfielder Mark Histed found the net tallying the score to be 3-0 early in the start of the second half. Neither team scored for the rest of the match. The Duhawks had eight shots on goal compared with the Saints’ two.
After their win at home, the duhawks took to the road for their last conference matchup against Central College in Pella, IA. The Duhawks once again forced the first goal of the game in the first half off a corner kick. Simon delivered to the top right corner of the goal from the corner kick to the in the 21st minute from senior forward Spencer Moore.
There was about two minutes left in the first half when first-year midfielder Manny Lopez scored off the goal post. This was Lopez’s first goal of the season. Central forced their way onto the scoreboard in the 60th minute with senior midfielder Salvador Villanueva finding the net. Villanueva was assisted by junior midfielder Daniel Alanis.
The Duhawks kicked up their defense and were then able to prevent the Dutch from scoring later in the second half. The two goals proved to be enough for the Duhawks winning 2-1, securing the No. 2 seed in the IIAC Conference Tournament.