By ZACH GLOSSER
The Colorado College men’s soccer team played their first two games of the regular season in Iowa this past weekend. The team welcomed eight freshmen as well as one sophomore transfer.
Friday in Decorah, Iowa was a great day for the Tigers. The Luther College Norses were ranked 23rd in the nation, but that did not stop these unranked CC Tigers. The team came out with a fast start—junior Griffin Wesley scored his first collegiate goal with a header off of a corner kick. Junior Robert Malone had the second goal of the game when he snuck the ball in the near post following a knock-down by senior Tim Huettel from the corner.
In the second half, Luther College came out strong and scored early on a free kick. The Tigers battled hard to maintain the lead for the remainder of the game. A combination of former first team All-American senior Theo Hooker’s crucial saves and juniors Henry Schuler and Wesley’s great performance led to the Tigers’ 2-1 win against this tough opponent.
The Tigers played again on Saturday against Wartburg College. The Tigers dominated possession throughout the game, but the Knights scored in the final two minutes, which unfortunately led to the Tigers’ 0-1 defeat. Despite leaving Iowa 1-1, the energy from the Tigers was apparent throughout the game, especially from sophomores Hayden Cogswell and Aidan Longhurst. The Tigers are clearly hungry, and will be playing the University of Dallas at home today, Sept. 8, at 3p.m.