Men’s and Women’s Soccer Kick Off Season With Wins
Both the Cru and Lady Cru soccer teams have begun their fall season. The men are currently 2-2 and split their doubleheader this weekend against Austin and Whitworth College. The women have a two-game winning streak, putting their record at 2-0.
Last season, the men finished with a record of 10-6-1 and 8-3-1 in conference play. They fell in the quarterfinals of the American Southwest Conference tournament to Hardin-Simmons University 2-1.
This year, the Cru return 20 players and add 13 men to complete their 33-man roster.
Men’s soccer head coach, Brad Bankhead, has already set the goals for this season.
“We want to be tough mentally and physically …. Our guys worked really hard in the offseason, in the weight room and on the field. This will hopefully give us a mental edge,” he said.
The Cru hosted Schreiner University Aug. 30 to begin their schedule. The Mountaineers scored early in the first half, but the Cru finished the game with two goals in the second half.
John Williams and Jonathan Hernandez both scored to secure the season opener victory.
Junior international business major Isaiah Minick said, “It’s good to start off the season with a ‘w’ on the record, but we try not to focus on the result. Especially for these early games, we are focusing on working hard and getting to where we want to be as a team.”
Senior computer science major Kabutey Ebeheakey is thrilled for their season to begin.
“I’m really excited about the soccer season starting back up. We have been working to get ready for this for nine months, and we’re so glad that it’s finally here. We plan on having a very special season this year,” he said.
The players are soaking up every minute of the ride. They understand they will never get these memories back.
“It’s honestly really crazy to think that it’s my senior year, but I am looking forward to the things we can accomplish this year, and I’m ready to go out with a bang,” Ebeheakey said.
The Cru will host Southwestern Christian University and the University of Texas of the Permian Basin at 7 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at home.
Last year, the Lady Cru finished with an overall record of 6-8-2 and 3-7-2 in conference play. This season, the women return 12 players and welcome 17 newcomers to the team.
Women’s soccer head coach, Barry Elkins, is making sure the team is focused on the games leading into conference play.
“Right here at the beginning of the season, we are trying to take care of ourselves and make sure we are doing the right things,” he said.
“During our pre-conference, our goal is to get ready for conference. In the end, those games are what is going to matter.”
Senior accounting major Maizey Cardy is glad to start the season with a win against Texas Lutheran University.
“It feels great to start the season with a ‘w,’ especially after losing to them last year in a terrible game,” she said.
Last season, the Lady Cru traveled to Seguin, where they lost to the Bulldogs in a close game, 0-1.
Junior business management major Ashley Teague thinks this year’s squad is better than before.
“I believe our team this season is stronger than last and will continue that way throughout the season. First off, we are blessed to have two amazing goal keepers that we can always count on in the back, as well as a very skilled and tough defense and midfield,” she said.
The Lady Cru will take on the Pirates of Southwestern University Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. in Georgetown.