By ANNA MARCUS
The Colorado College men’s soccer season came to an abrupt end this past Saturday when the Tigers lost 0-1 to Southwestern University. They were unable to score a goal for only the second time all season. Midfielder Will Mallory ’21 led the team in shots on goal with four attempts followed by Skylar Stark-Ragsdale ’21, who put up two attempts. Additionally, Keller Mochel ’20 stopped three Southwestern shots for the Tigers. The loss was certainly disappointing for the Tigers, but head coach Scott Palguta said, “It’s been a wonderful four-year journey and I’m sad to see it come to an end.”
Despite facing setbacks and injuries throughout the season, the Tigers managed to close out the campaign with an impressive 13-6-1 overall record. Even though they lost in the first round of the conference tournament, the Tigers finished with an 11-10 edge in total shots and a 4-2 edge in corner kicks. This game was the final one for CC’s six seniors — Daniel Krueger, Robert Malone, Alexander Makic, Keenan Armer, Henry Schuler, and Griffin Wesley — who posted a combined 54-16-10 record during their four seasons on CC’s team. Miles Montgomery ’21 commented on the loss: “Obviously it wasn’t the end to the season that we wanted, but at the same time the team showed a lot of perseverance to overcome injuries and some tough circumstances to finish second in conference. We’ll be back next year, better and stronger than ever.”
Seven members of the team were honored by the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) for their performances while leading the injury-plagued Tigers to a second-place finish in the SCAC men’s soccer conference. Defender Schuler and defensive midfielder John Schuler ’21 earned first-team honors through a conference-wide vote. Forward Malone and Mallory earned second-team selections. Additionally, defenders Armer and Makic as well as midfielder Skyler Stark-Ragsdale ’21 received honorable mentions from the conference.
Henry Schuler and his younger brother John were the only two CC soccer players to receive first-team honors by the SCAC. Henry Schuler was honored for the second year in a row, after earning a spot on the second team last season. He led CC’s defensive effort to first in the conference with 11 shutouts and second in the conference with a 0.87 goals-against average. John Schuler received his first All-Conference First-Team recognition, and ranked second on the team in overall minutes played.
Malone, who earned second-team honors for the second time in his career, led the Tigers with seven goals and 16 points. He tied for third in the SCAC in goals and was one of three Tigers who started all 19 games. Stark-Ragsdale, who earned second-team honors for the first time in his career, finished fourth on the team in average goals and led the newcomers with four goals, and tied for third overall with 10 points. Lastly, Mallory enjoyed a breakout season and finished the season ranking second on the team with 14 points.
Although CC men’s soccer season ended in a disappointing loss, the Tigers battled hard and persevered through injuries to end their season ranked highly in the SCAC. CC finished the regular season with a 13-5-1 overall record and an 11-4-1 mark in the SCAC.