Goals high with national and regional ranks

With a  4-2 season for conference play, men’s Cru soccer is looking to extend the winning streak as they continue through the rest of their season games.

One key factor to their success has been the teamwork they have formed. With many new players and returners alike, it has been important for everyone to come together to be one.

“Teamwork is critical to our success. There isn’t one player on the team that is the sole reason for us winning. We need every player fully committed to the team in order for us to get better,” senior forward and accounting major Trevor Shoppach said. 

After four years on the team, Shoppach is confident about the season and the group of men that make up men’s soccer this season.

“This year we have the best team we have ever had. I can count on each player to give their best every practice and every game,” he said.

Senior midfielder and exercise and sport science major Logan Nance agrees with his teammate on how crucial working together has been for their season thus far.

Senior goal keeper Adam Cecil kicks the ball back to his team after a save against the University of the Ozarks on Sept. 30. The Cru are back in action Oct. 6 against Louisiana College. Photo by Brooke Morgan.

Senior goal keeper Adam Cecil kicks the ball back to his team after a save against the University of the Ozarks on Sept. 30. The Cru are back in action Oct. 6 against Louisiana College. Photo by Brooke Morgan.

“Teamwork is huge for us. Without our chemistry and closeness as a team, I don’t think (we would be) nearly as successful as we have been. There really isn’t one star out there on the field; we all bring something to the team that makes us the team we are,” he said.

This past week, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America ranked Cru soccer both nationally and in the West Region. They are 14 in the nation and number two in the region, with only Trinity University in front of them.

The Sept. 27 game against the Tigers was cancelled due to lighting, and there has been no reports of rescheduling this game.

However, the Cru still know there is room for improvement in every game. The men want to make sure they stay focused the entire game and don’t allow opponents to have an upset over them.

 “I hope we haven’t reached our peak yet. We want to be more efficient when we have the leads taken care of and not let the teams come back,” Head Coach Brad Bankhead said.

With their aim set on making it far into playoffs this season, the team knows it is important to take each game one at a time and not get ahead of themselves.

“One of the main goals we have for every game is to outwork the other team, and we have done just that. We fly around the whole field and it causes the other team to make mistakes and get worn down,” senior psychology major and center back Colton Carlisle said. 

Having always been a team that has potential, the men want to make sure they don’t let this season get away unnoticed another year.

“We want to win everything. Win the regular season, win conference, make it to nationals and win that too,” Nance said. “We’re tired of being a good team with potential; we’re ready to go from good to great.”

The team is looking to put their motto into action for the remaining games of the season. With playoffs less than a month away, they want to step it up a notch.

Carlisle said, “We expect to be great. Our motto is ‘Good to great.’ We are tired of being good and having nothing to show for it, so we are aiming to be great. We will see what great looks like when the season is over.”

Author: Brooke Morgan

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