Men’s and women’s soccer teams struggle through long season

By Mike Miller, Staff Writer –

Forward Brianna Wade moves the ball down the field in recent women’s soccer team action against Lake Michigan College. At left is Alyssa Benedict and at right is Rachael Darwin. - MCC Photo.
Forward Brianna Wade moves the ball down the field in recent women’s soccer team action against Lake Michigan College. At left is Alyssa Benedict and at right is Rachael Darwin. –
MCC Photo.

MCC’s men’s and women’s soccer season is quickly coming to a close as both teams try

to find more wins on the field.

The men’s team is sitting at 2-4 in conference play, 5-6- 2 overall. They lost the last three

matches to Schoolcraft College, 1-0 and 2-0, and Cincinnati State Tech, 4-2.

The Oct. 2 Schoolcraft match was scoreless until the last four minutes, when Schoolcraft

hit the net. Sophomore goalie Hayden Collins made 13 saves on 14 shots on goal. The Jayhawks

were led on defense by freshman Cameron Brandow, David Krapohl, Drake Gomez, and

sophomore Matt Kowalski.

“The forward line had many great opportunities and rang the posts and crossbar three

times, but could not get one to bounce their way,” said Ben Ritsema, head coach.

The Jayhawks’ last win was Sept. 21 against Lake Michigan College, 6-2.

Meanwhile, the women’s team isn’t chalking up wins, either. After a 6-0 loss to

Schoolcraft College on Oct. 2, the Lady Jayhawks’ season record stands at 2-5 in conference

play, 3-6 overall. The team’s last win was Sept. 21 against Lake Michigan College, 5-0.

However, the negative win-loss column doesn’t deter the ambition of Jeff Lohman, head

coach. He strongly believes that winning isn’t everything, and sees his role as a coach is to make

more than just great soccer players.

“My passion for coaching comes from my drive to make a positive impact in the lives of

the players on the team,” he said. “I am passionate about developing strong, independent young

women who will someday be leaders in our community.”

Lohman believes sports, especially soccer, are important for everyone.

“For me, sports teach the ability to battle through tough situations and it also teaches

teamwork,” he said. “I think these are critical skills for anyone in life and to do it through sports

has been an honor in my careers. I think this is possible in any sport. For me, I enjoy soccer

because of the passion and history behind the game.”

The first game this season against Jackson College, the men’s soccer teams came busting

out of the secured three goals to tie up the match, and eventually took the lead and the win the

game. The women’s soccer team also had a tough defeat the first game of the season against

Jackson with a final score of 3-2, another nail-biter.

 

Featured Image: Miguel Flores controls the ball in a recent men’s soccer match. The Jayhawks are currently 2-4 in conference play and 5-6-2 overall. – MCC photo.

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