Men's Soccer Gears Up for 2023 Season
The men’s soccer team at the Mount is getting ready for an exciting 2023 season in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The team is ready to make an impact in the conference thanks to a talented roster and coaching staff. Although they are in their second MAAC season, they are constantly working to enhance their performance and play at a higher level.
The team had some difficulties in the 2022 season, which they concluded with a record of 7–9–1. As the season's newcomers, they gained experience that will benefit them this season. They are in a good position to build on last year's success because of a mix of seasoned players and 13 newcomers.
There are many experienced players and new talent to look forward to. Gavin Watt (Graduate Student), the 6'4” defensive anchor, who started all 15 games he played in last season, will be essential for his leadership on the field. Ethan Russell (C'24), who set a record for saves in a single season last year with 88 (Division 1 era), cannot go unnoticed for his shot-stopping abilities. Newcomer Junee Lee (C'27), who is a three-time champion from South Korea, will be looking to make an immediate impact in his first year.
The team has a 15-game schedule this season. The first five games have been tough with a record of 0-4-1 to begin the season. The first game of the season was on Aug. 24 against Bucknell. Then they traveled to Radford, Va. to take on the Highlanders. The result was a draw at 1-1. Their third game loss came to Longwood with the score being 1-2.
Back at home, they could not come back against Delaware. The final score was 2-3. Their most recent loss was to a powerhouse in #8 James Madison. JMU eventually won by a score of 6-0. All the games played were non-conference games. On Sept. 16, the Mountaineers welcome Fairfield at 7 p.m. at the Waldron Family Stadium to kick off their MAAC season.
This is an exciting time of year for the mountaineers. The team is well-positioned for success with a mix of experienced veterans and promising new players. There is space for growth on behalf of the squad in some areas.
The team is prepared to leave their mark this season by building on their skills and using what they have learned from last year. The Mount community and fans can help by supporting and boosting the motivation of the players. A great season is in store for sure.
Photo by: Tyler Kraft