ABOVE: AJ Gross, freshman defender, scrambles for the ball against Sterling. The Builders season was cut short following a 0-1 loss to Friends at home. (Taylor Rodriguez/Staff photographer)
By Drake Vittitow
The Builder Soccer Team played their final home game Tuesday, losing to rival Friends University in overtime by a score of 1-0.
The loss prevents SC from getting a spot in the conference tournament.
All eyes were on the defense, and in particular Dean Wilson, senior goalie. Wilson was spectacular from start to finish racking up 14 saves and spearheading the Builder defense.
“The boys give me 100% every game, so I feel like I need to return the favor,” said Wilson. “It was just one of those games where almost everything went right. I had a lot of confidence in myself and I had a lot of confidence in the guys in front of me.”
There were emotions running rampant throughout the entire game, with two yellow cards being handed out to Friends, and one ejection being given to a Southwestern player, which left SC shorthanded the rest of the game.
Southwestern was only able to attempt a mere 6 shots for the entire game, making the defense turn up its intensity.
“Our guys tried really hard on defense,” said Kyle Pond, head soccer coach. “The guys played with a lot of heart and tremendous passion and I am proud of them.”
With their season coming to an unexpected halt, the SC Soccer Team was speechless after the game. Several players were forcing back tears and choking on their words. For the seniors, it was their last game playing in a Southwestern uniform.
“These seniors were perfect,” said Pond. “They changed the program and they are legends in my eyes.”
Drake Vittitow is a sophomore majoring in communication. You may email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.