Soccer teams recognize senior athletes
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Friday night was the last home game of the year for the soccer program it was also a time to recognize the senior athletes for everything they have done.
The evening began with the women’s game against the University of Missouri-St. Louis in a Great Lakes Valley Conference match. The Stars were looking for a win after having a low point in the season. The game started off with the Stars having possession of the ball and immediately going on the attack. However, the Tritons were able to stop them and take possession of the ball.
Possession went back and forth between the two teams, but no one could find the back of the net. Then in the 25th minute of playing time, a Triton was taken off the field due to a leg injury. The rest of the first half the score remained 0-0.
The Stars had some great opportunities to score, but couldn’t get the ball on frame. Then in the second half senior Erin Egolf put the ball in the net on an assist from junior Rachel Neudhal. Unfortunately, the Tritons were able to steal a goal from the Stars with just under four minutes remaining. Regulation time would end with a score of 1-1, so the two teams went into overtime. After two overtime periods the game was called a tie.
Between the women’s game and the men’s, the coaches from both teams and Athletic Director Kim Pate went on to the field to recognize the seven seniors from the men’s and women’s soccer teams. The seniors from the women’s team Ally Redington, Liz Perrenot, and Erin Egolf. The seniors from the men’s team were Jonathan Hamer, Victor Martinez, Juan Perez and Ben Ralph.
Following the senior recognition was the men’s match against UMSL. The first half was all UIS when Mark Czarny headed the ball into the net after receiving a cross from sophomore Nikita Fadeev. The score going into the half was 1-0 in favor of UIS.
However, the Tritons started their comeback in the 55th minute when Chris Pearson from UMSL scored the equalizer. The two teams were then battling to gain the lead and win the game. The game winning goal came in the 70th minute when UMSL player Tyler Collico was able to put the ball in the net. The game ended with a final score of 2-1 in the Tritons favor.
The results of the games were not what the teams wanted but it was still a great night to honor the seniors for all their hard work and dedication. Perrenot commented after the game “it happened so fast, and I can’t believe I’m done after this. I’ve met a lot of great girls and had a lot of good experiences. It’s still a shock and it hasn’t hit me yet.”
Perrenot also went on to describe her experience at UIS, saying, “It’s been a quite a ride, it’s been up and down. But at the end of the day we’ve got girls who support each other and a coach that wants us to do well.”
The men’s and women’s teams are on the road again Sunday where they face Maryville University.