Roach breaks UMHB’s leading scoring record

By Jordan Beechum, Contributing Writer

Patrick Roach started this 2021 regular season with the mean feat of breaking the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor’s men’s soccer all-time scoring record. Roach, a fourth-year student, scored against Texas Lutheran in the 61st minute to bag his first goal of the season. But this was not just any goal for the senior. This capped off an incredible career as he scored his 25th collegiate goal to break UMHB’s all-time goal record. This came off a colossal flip throw-in from fellow senior Nick Villanueva that went to the back post where Roach was to head it in the net.

“At first, I could not really tell, it looked like my own goal, but I guess we can give it to him,” said Villanueva jokingly. These two have played together since freshman year and have connected like this several times.

“A lot of people are satisfied once they accomplish something of that stature, but this just makes me want to contribute even more for my team,” said Roach.

During his first year for the Cru, he recorded eleven goals to cement his starting spot at center forward. He received Second Team All-West Region, American Southwest Conference (ASC) Offensive Freshman of the Year, and First Team All-ASC that year. This was a solid foundation to begin his collegiate soccer career.

“It is awesome for him to make history right in front of my eyes,” said Ashley O’Daniel, a UMHB soccer super-fan. She is a senior and has gone to nearly every game.

“It’s exciting seeing him develop and grow on the field these past three years,” O’Daniel said.

Roach is especially excited about this season.

“I think we have a chance to go all the way to the ASC Championship and much more,” he said, and that he has great confidence that this team has the ability to do something historic that has never happened at UMHB before.

The Crusaders are currently 5-3 on their season, with their losses coming against Messiah, Franklin and Marshall, and Trinity, all of whom are in the top 20 ranked teams in the nation. Playing East Texas Baptist and Letourneau University in their first two games, the Cru are currently 3-0 in the ASC.

The Crusaders’ last game was home against the Ozarks on Sept. 30, who kicked them out last year in the quarterfinals of the ASC tournament. Roach and the Cru won 3-2, smashing in a penalty kick into the top right corner to take the lead and add to his record.

Author: The Bells Staff

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