Men’s Soccer Handles Blackburn, Edges Illinois College
BY BEN CAMPBELL
The Westminster men’s soccer team went 2-0 last week with a 2-1 overtime win against Illinois College on Thursday, and a convincing 5-1 win over Blackburn on Saturday.
Although the Jays needed an overtime period to scrape out a win against Illinois College, it did not take long for the offense to strike. A goal by Mauricio Mateo, ‘18, in the 92nd minute broke the tie and was the eventual game winner for the Blue Jays.
On Saturday, Westminster took on conference opponent Blackburn and used goals from five different players in the blowout. Blackburn struck first in the 17th minute off a corner, but five unanswered goals from the Blue Jays, including two within one minute by Cooper Smith, ‘18, and Daniel Barone, ‘18, respectively, led them to a 5-1 victory.
For Westminster, the abilities to keep possession and connect on crisp passes were crucial for success on Saturday.
“We were able to win the ball back almost immediately after losing it, and then connecting on our first pass off of their turnover was big in terms of our offensive production,” Drew Cook, ‘17, said.
The Blue Jays are now 10-3 overall and 5-1 in conference, and a big reason for their success is belief in the system of new coach Adam Galla.
“I think the key for us this season has been buying into what Coach Galla has been implementing,” Smith said. “He talks about going through the process and how every little detail matters when it comes to accomplishing our goals. When everybody buys into it, we’re a hard side to beat.”