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Men’s Soccer Recap by Tristan Alvarado

As the Argonaut men’s soccer team has finished their season it is time for a quick recap on how their season went for them.  The men’s soccer team finished the season with an overall record of 9-9 and in their conference ended with 7-6.  The season was full of its ups and downs. The Argonauts started their season with four straight away games.  They won one of those games against Stanislaus State with the final score being (1-0).  Their first game of the season was a loss to CSU Monterey Bay with the final score being (2-3).

In their first home game, here in beautiful Belmont, the Argos won a highly competitive match against Concordia Portland.  The match went into double overtime with final score being (3-2).  The game winner came from redshirt junior number 16, Robert Hines in the 102 minute of the game.  “I was just super happy that I scored for the team, especially after my early game mistake.  The only thing that went through my mind was to position myself to score a goal and help get the win.  I honestly can’t remember everything that went through my head because I was in the zone.” Said Hines. After the win over Concordia in double overtime the Argos would start playing games against teams who were in their Pac-West conference.  They would go onto adding two more wins in a row to their season.  With wins over BYU Hawaii and Hawaii Hilo at home.

It was an away season for the Argos.  They played a total of eleven away games this season out of their total eighteen games.  “Overall it was a learning season as we had a lot of freshmen come in and get a decent amount of time.  While we may not have placed as high in the table as we would have hope, many of the players gained valuable experience that will help us to succeed in the years to come.  Our team at times really excelled at possessing the ball and being patient, looking for the right time to attack, and we only ever lost games by beating ourselves, making small mistakes at critical points in the game.” Said junior goalie Carter Bishop.

It was the first time in many years that the men’s soccer team didn’t have a winning season and a fire has been started in the Argos to comeback next season on top.  “I think this is going to be a very big senior season since we have a very strong senior class, so it will be good to see where that takes us. ” Said junior forward and middle Chandler Alo.  “I think it’s all going to come down to chemistry.  I think we can not only win the PacWest conference but do well in the National Championship if we can focus on and build are on and off field chemistry.”  Said Alo.          

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