By ZACK GLOSSER
The Colorado College men’s soccer team embarked on a trip to Texas this past weekend for two big games. The first was the last conference game of the regular season in Irving, TX, against The University of Dallas. The game went scoreless for the first half; it wasn’t until 13 minutes into the second half that the Tigers got a goal. Senior forward Sam Markin was able to score off of a header from senior midfielder Tim Huettel.
Sophomore defender Josh Raizner had his first career goal in the 62nd minute of the game to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead. “Today’s win was our best team performance since the opening night win at Luther College,” Head Coach Scott Palguta said. “We saw an intensity and competitiveness from the group that had been missing at times this season.”
Two days after this increase in energy, the Tigers played the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, TX. Senior goalkeeper Theo Hooker made a season high of nine saves, which led the Tigers into a 0-0 deadlock in the final game of the regular season. “The game had the pressure and intensity of a postseason game,” Palguta said. “We also got monster games from our center backs, junior Alex Makic and junior captain Henry Schuler.”
This was the Tigers 10th shutout of the season. With a 1-0-1 mark in Texas this weekend, the Tigers improved to 11-3-5 overall. “We’re proud of the effort the team put forth this weekend,” Palguta said. “We played two very good, well-rested teams and stood tall in difficult conditions. We will need to replicate our efforts at the SCAC Championship next weekend.”
The Tigers will face Southwestern University in a quarterfinal on Friday at the University of Dallas. Since the Tigers have a 2-0 record versus the Southwestern Pirates, they should be able to start the tournament strong. If the team digs deep, they may find the passion, spirit, and energy needed to win the SCAC championship.