By Emily Berry
On Sept. 4. the Moundbuilder soccer team competed in their third regular season game. With the final score being 2-1, Southwestern ultimately fell to Texas College at Richard L. Jantz Stadium on Labor Day.
Head coach Kyle Pond provided his consensus of the outcome. “During the game the heat was definitely a challenge. We were a little under a hundred degrees here on the field which honestly isn’t the worst for August,” said Pond. “So the heat along with two games in three days was always going to be the biggest thing to overcome.”
Junior forward Tre Thomas produced the lone goal for the Builders in the 64th minute of play. Freshman defender Isaiah Washington provided a defensive threat throughout the contest as well. “Probably Tre’s goal was the best play,” said Washington. “It just got us motivated to keep playing and keep going harder.”
SC’s play improved in the second half after allowing two first half goals to the Steers. “I liked to see us show up in the first half the way we showed up in the second. We talked a lot today about fight and they definitely did that in the stretch, but we gave up some extremely soft goals,” said Pond. “Watching the game I could tell that the team has improved over the week.”
With regard to the disappointing outcome of the match, Washington remains optimistic. “It’s not what we wanted but we definitely played a lot better than we have,” said Washington. “I like the progress that we’re making.”
Despite the 0-3 start, the Builders have the potential to turn their newly established season around. “I’m looking forward to keep playing with my friends and keep progressing like we did today and have fun playing soccer,” said Washington.
Furthermore, SC is missing some players due to off-field dilemmas. “It’s still really hard to say we’re still missing four potential starters,” said Pond. “But really if this group does what it takes, we can go as far as we want.” Builder men’s soccer will take their talents on the road to Denver as they face Dordt College on Friday Sept. 8.
Emily Berry is a freshman majoring in communication. You can email her at Emily.email@example.com