We already know that Sunday is always a big day for the Colorado College men’s soccer team, but this weekend will be especially boisterous because of home games Friday and Sunday. The team arrived on campus a week before school began to prepare for their games as well as to transition to a new formation that will suit the team better.
“We do two-a-days for the eight days leading up to school to get a head start on the season,” said captain Keller Mochel ‘20. Mochel is returning as CC’s goalkeeper after suffering a torn ACL and meniscus.
“I’m excited to get settled back in with the team,” he said. “We have a good senior back line, so I’d like to see some shutouts this year.” According to Mochel, such a solid defensive line is allowing the team to develop an aggressive offense. He expects to see the team score more goals than they have in recent seasons.
“Some players looking to make a big impact offensively are sophomores Will Mallory and Miles Montgomery. I think they can help us score some goals this year,” said captain Henry Schuler ‘19. Schuler is a starting defender and has high expectations for this season. “We want to win the SCAC and make a run deep into the national tournament,” he said.
To accomplish this, the team is going to have to play exceptionally. “Our conference has continued to get better and better, so I don’t think there’s going to be a single easy game this year,” Mochel admitted. However, he added that the team has their eye on rival Trinity College this season.
With nine incoming first-years, men’s soccer is anticipating some new energy on and off the field that will help them reach their goals. “The freshmen are great,” according to Schuler. “They are a great group of guys on and off the field. Some of them will definitely have an impact on how we do this year, which is great. Freshmen usually don’t get many minutes, but I think some of them will.” First-year Isaac Kenner backed his captain’s words in his first game in a Tiger uniform, scoring against University of Colorado Colorado Springs.
“The exhibition games left us with a good place to build from,” Schuler said. “We played the Colorado School of Mines, a Division II team, after only three days of preseason and they had had a couple of weeks. We were organized and did the things we wanted to do. We played UCCS after that and it was a little bit more disorganized than our Mines game but we can watch that film and take some positives and negatives from that and build from it.” During the game against Colorado School of Mines, Mallory scored a beautiful goal from 30 yards out.
Both Mochel and Schuler are fired up for the season. “I’m excited to spend as much time as possible with the guys,” Mochel said. “We’ve had a really tight-knit group so being with them is great.” You can see the high-altitude Tigers play at home on Aug. 31 at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.