The Crimson Wave men’s soccer team remains undefeated in conference play, after taking their second straight win on Saturday, September 26th against rivals Judson University. This moves the Wave into a three-way tie for 2nd in the CCAC standings.
Following pre-season action, the Wave were 3-2 in non-conference games, having shown flashes of chemistry and ability for a team whose roster is filled with a blend of new international and local student-athletes.
Senior captain Nikolaus Schultz spoke confidently after the win:
“I am really excited about this year. We have a great bunch of new and returning players that are ready to work hard and win games. I cannot wait to see what this season holds for us. Being a senior, I am definitely eager to qualify for nationals. It would be a dream come true.”
While the nationals dream is a dream many student athletes share, the season is still very young, and the Wave are yet to face their toughest opponents.
Co-captain and Australian international freshman Mitchell Osmond echoed his captain’s sentiments following their victory over Judson, saying, “We have gotten off to a fantastic start for sure. I am very proud as to how far we have come together in such a short period. However, we can’t let these two wins go to our heads, we need to stay focused and humble. We have some very big games coming up that will offer us a difficult challenge, so it is essential we do not get ahead of ourselves.”
The men’s success this year can be partly attributed to the new defense that has been implemented by head coach Justin Olson. Only one upperclassmen remains on defense from last year, outside back Nikolaus Schultz. The rest of the back four: Luca Wiechers, Joaquin Peluffo and Mitchell Osmond, from Germany, Uruguay and Australia respectively, are all freshman. Despite their inexperience, this new-look defense has turned in two clean sheets thus far in conference play, having conceded zero goals to their opponents.
Coach Olson praised his squad, saying, “Judson has traditionally been one of the top teams in the CCAC, so this is a great win for us. Both teams played hard and I was proud of my guys for how we were able to finish the game. Defensively, we played very well and were able to slow down Judson’s attack. I felt on offense we were creating chances in the final third and we finally got the goal we needed to win the game. I am very proud of my guys for how hard they have been working to get us into this position.”
The Crimson Wave will return to action at home when they play Wednesday, September 30th against CCAC leader Roosevelt University. Come out and cheer your Crimson Wave toward ratcheting a top spot in the CCAC.
Mitchell Reed contributed to the reporting of this story.
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