The men’s soccer team collected its second win of the season Sept. 5 against Marygrove in their 2015 home opener.
The Foresters kicked off the year with a 2-3 road loss to University of Saint Francis (Ill.) Aug. 25 before shutting out host Trinity Christian two days later, with a score of 6-0.
Despite inclement weather, the team continued a scoring frenzy and defensive lockdown at home.
In the first 20 minutes, the Foresters got on the map with a Lucas Lengacher goal, and they never looked back. Teammates Matheus Louzada and Isaac Wust also added a goal apiece in the second half to secure the team’s 3-0 victory.
“It was an important victory that gives us confidence for the rest of the season,” Louzada said. “Playing against a quality team like Marygrove demonstrates the level that the competition requires from us.”
Head coach Russ Lawson said he is confident in the playing and leading abilities of his returnees.
“[I’m] very excited about the returning core,” Lawson said. “We were disappointed from last year and felt like we didn’t reach our expectations or play close to our potential.”
Lawson said he looks to experienced senior defender Tyson Kalischuk, who played in all 18 contests in the prior season, to act as a leader.
“[Kalischuk] is locking down the left back position,” Lawson said. “Not only is he doing a fantastic job leading, but he’s holding his own on the left back.”
Teammate Max Troyer echoed Lawson’s praises of Kalischuk.
“Tyson has had a great influence on me and the rest of the team,” Troyer said. “He’s a tremendously hardworking guy. He immediately gained our respect by his work ethic and the way he leads on and off the field.”
Junior Thommy Brown said it is the best he’s seen at the varsity level out of his years playing here. Brown credits Lawson’s recruiting skills and the players’ willingness to commit to the team as contributing factors to the cohesiveness.
“Coach did a really good job of recruiting both very skilled and malleable players,” Brown said. “When I say malleable, I mean players that are willing to submit to our brand of soccer here at HU and submit to the team in a selfless way so that the team chemistry is preserved and works very well.”
Lawson said he hopes this chemistry will bring his team to the front of the pack and into playoff contention.
“I feel like we have the ability to win conference and position ourselves well for the post season,” Lawson said. “We know we have to win post-season to get to Nationals.”