Fast start slows down

By Brooks Hooley

Senior Horraine Lewis dribbles the ball against (opponent). Photo by Jacqueline Rhine

Senior Horraine Lewis dribbles the ball against Manchester.
(Photo by Jacqueline Rhine)

Last season, the Forester soccer teams lacked a home field. That is an afterthought for the university’s men’s soccer team this year. Coach Russ Lawson’s squad impressed in the early going of the 2013 campaign, and they are looking to build off their fast start as conference season approaches.

“You can’t really complain about the results,” Lawson said. “We were strong throughout the Concordia match. We created opportunities, but we just had trouble finishing.”

The Forester’s next match came against Mid-Continent University in the Georgetown Classic. Lawson was again pleased with their performance in the 2-1 victory.

“The guys played for each other,” Lawson said. “Our defense shut down Mid-Continent’s dynamic strikers. The intensity was similar to a conference game.”

The Foresters are led by four senior captains: Jake Essig, Horraine Lewis, Wes Johnson and Drew Mattingly. Lawson said his captains are four quality characters with a positive impact on and off the field.

The Foresters also have a lot of young talent on the team.

Lawson speaks highly of two freshmen Brooks Gerke and Isaac Wust in particular. Both have cracked the starting lineup this season, and Lawson said “they create a nice mix of youth and veteran.”

Essig has also been taking notice of the young players on the roster.

“They have been playing great soccer,” he said. “They are playing as if they are seasoned veterans. They bring a lot of energy to our team, and the results are showing.”

The Foresters followed the Mid-Continent victory with a 9-1 thrashing of Cincinnati Christian Sept. 4. They struggled in the following four games posting a record of 1-3. Their lone victory came against Manchester College. They open conference play at home against Grace College on Sept. 20.

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