After leading the Southern California Athletic Conference (SCAC) for several weeks, Colorado College men’s soccer took a step back in their last four games, with two wins and two losses. Most recently, the team traveled to Texas to face Trinity University and Schreiner University. The Tigers find themselves third in the SCAC but have some breathing room with two more wins than No. 4 team Texas Lutheran University.
CC faced their highest-ranked opponent thus far on Sept. 21, visiting No. 9 Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. The Tigers walked away with a 5–2 loss. The five goals allowed by the Tiger defense marked the first time the Tigers had allowed more than one in a conference game this year.
Trinity started off strong with a goal in the fifth minute of the game, and constant substitution kept the Trinity attackmen fresh for all 90 minutes. Their sustained pressure on the net led to two more goals in the 58th and 64th minutes.
The Tigers were able to claw back with two rapid goals from midfielder Skyler Stark-Ragsdale ’22 in the 79th and 80th minutes. The scores were assisted by midfielder Miles Montgomery ’21 and defender Keenan Amer ’18.
Captain defender Henry Schuler ’19 emphasized the importance of the team’s effort. “Despite the loss, we did well to get ourselves back into the game,” Schuler said. “We went down a few goals but fought hard to get a couple back and give ourselves a chance to get something from the game. But there were a couple of moments where we made uncharacteristic mistakes defensively, and against a good team like that, mistakes don’t go unpunished.”
The goals, scored 80 seconds apart, created a great opportunity for a comeback, but after another four minutes of action, Trinity struck again. The score was fueled by the fact that Trinity made 10 substitutions to bring their starters back in after taking all of them out.
Trinity scored a final goal with four minutes remaining, securing the 5-2 victory for the hosting team. The high-powered Trinity offense put up 24 shots, with 10 on target. The Tigers just couldn’t keep up with the constant barrage, taking seven shots and only placing three on target. The win put Trinity at 6–0–1 on the season and dropped the Tigers to 4–2 overall and 5–3 in conference.
Two days later, the Tigers traveled to Schreiner. The Tigers easily made up for their loss two days prior and completely dominated their hosts on the way to a 3–0 victory. CC put up 20 total shots and held Schreiner to only two.
“Against Schreiner, we dominated the entire game but didn’t produce enough offensively in the first half,” Schuler said. “But when it finally clicked for us, the goals came pretty easily. We are happy with the result but would like to score some of those goals earlier in games.”
Stark-Ragsdale struck once again, scoring with 15 minutes remaining in the match. His third goal of the season proved to be all the Tigers would need, but insurance was provided through a Schreiner own goal in the 87th, and, only minutes later midfielder Robert Malone ’19 tucked a curving shot into the lower left corner of the net.
The win was especially important for the Tigers because they had been on a two-game losing streak. “It was a tough weekend of games so in practice we’ll be mostly focusing on getting ourselves fresh for next weekend,” Schuler said. “We will work on perfecting our defensive shape and getting sharper and more precise in attack. Looking forward to the games against Centenary and East Texas, we expect to keep two clean sheets and to score some goals early on in the games.”
The team will travel to both of those games, first to Centenary College on Sept. 28 and then to East Texas Baptist University on Sept. 30.