On Friday, Sept. 8, the AU Cardinals men’s soccer team hit the pitch for the first time. They played against Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Unfortunately, Andrews fell short to their opponents. Concordia went into Friday’s match with four other games already played this season, allowing them to have a little more experience. For Andrews it was only the first game, making the challenge difficult. Concordia went into the game very confident and comfortable, leading to a show of prowess on the field. The final score: 9-0.
The statistics show Concordia had more possession. Meanwhile, Andrews struggled to find their rhythm for most of the match. When they were able to, the pace of the game had slowed down and the opportunities for goals seemed brighter. It is fair to say that Andrews was simply outplayed. Looking at the other statistics, Concordia had better numbers than Andrews in every section. This was a loss that the team will not forget.
Hopefully, the Andrews team will use it as a learning opportunity early in the season so that they can figure out how to fix their weaknesses and improve their strengths. Captain Cameron Burton (Senior, Engineering) said, “ Although our first game was rough we can still hold our heads high because it gives us a wake-up call early in the season.”
The first game of the season is always a wild card, due to the new players on the field. For the Andrews Cardinals, there were many new players who perhaps did not know the intensity of playing on a collegiate level. This threw the players off their game a little because their only soccer experience was against each other. With each game, the players will learn how to adapt and their chemistry will get stronger.
While speaking with Burton he said, “From the very start of the season going back to preseason conditioning and training, Torian (Senior, Psychology) (Captain) and I have been explaining to the players that it is important to make connections with each teammate both on and off the field.”
This will allow their bond to grow, which will allow things to run smoother on the field, and will also help the players trust each other. These factors will create better ball movement on the field and more opportunities. After the first game, the drills that players worked on in training sessions were a little different so that the players could work on their weakness. The coach wanted to go into the week with a different tactic and mindset so that the results for the next week could be better. Throughout the weekend, the team was focused on representing the school well for their first home game of the season, which took place on Monday, Sept. 11. The Cardinals men’s soccer team thanks the fans that have supported them so far throughout the season and would like to encourage everyone to come to their next home game on Friday, Sept. 22.