EC men’s soccer goes 1-1 on the road

Freshman soccer player Didrick Cooper-Seip dribbles the ball down-field. (Photo by Kivin Woods)

The EC Men’s Soccer team visited Wheaton College and came away victorious with a 1-0 shutout win over the Thunder on Oct. 12.

The teams played to a scoreless tie early on in the contest and it remained that way until Alec Gnass found Josh Arvidson with a pass that led to Arvidson netting his third goal of the season around the 54th minute of the contest.

The Bluejays were able to limit Wheaton to taking only eight shots in 90 minutes, a mere three of them on goal.

Despite the momentum-win over Wheaton, the Bluejays traveled out to Loras College four days later and could not find a way to get anything going, as they were stifled by the Duhawks in a 3-0 loss.

The defense started strong in the match, however the pressure of the aggressive Duhawk offense was too much in the end as Loras scored three unanswered second half goals to walk away with the win. EC shot only 10 attempts, while Loras shot twice as many.

In need of a win, the Bluejays hosted Carthage for the final home game of the season at Langhorst Field on Oct. 19.

Unfortunately, the first Red Men showed everyone why they are the No. 14 ranked Division III team in the nation, outscoring the Bluejays 3-0 and outshooting them 21-5.

Needing a win to keep themselves in position to challenge for a spot in the CCIW conference tournament, the Bluejays fell to the Carroll College Pioneers 1-0 on Oct. 22.

It was another low scoring game for the Bluejays and the offense could not find the net as EC went scoreless for their third consecutive game.

Freshman defender and midfielder Luke Deel led EC with two shots attempted in the contest, and Gnass attempted his team’s only shot on goal.

The series of losses puts the Bluejays into 6th place in the CCIW at 2-4-1 with only one game left on the schedule. Due to their victory over the Bluejays earlier this season, Illinois Wesleyan holds any potential tiebreakers with EC, which effectively shuts the Bluejays out of the CCIW conference tournament.

The Bluejays will head to the city to face North Park in their regular season finale on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m.