The Seattle Pacific University’s men’s soccer team leads the Great Northwestern Athletic Conference in overall wins, 6-2-1.
The Falcons started the season guns blazing; after a close one point loss to the Chino State Wildcats, the team put together a four game win streak, immediatwwely claiming the best overall record in the GNAC.
“Our biggest strength is our depth,” said Mark Collings, the men’s soccer head coach. “We believe in all 27 guys on our roster and know that our depth is going to help us during the second half of the season.”
Despite the overall record that the Falcons have earned, their conference record does not reflect the same winning play. The Falcons unfortunately started their conference season in fifth place after their 1-1 tie in the conference opener and the 3-2 conference loss the following game.
“We are trying to get our guys to do a better job of reading our opposition’s movement so that we can make better decisions in possession,” Collings said.
The team quickly got back on track by winning two conference games, moving the team up to No. 3 in the GNAC.
The first victory came against the Montana State Billings Yellowjackets 2-1. SPU forward Gabriel Weber tapped in the first goal early in the second half to tie the game, then exactly 10 minutes later first year defender Alex Mejia notched the go-ahead score to put the Falcons over the top.
“I’m really pleased with how our team is coming together,” Collings said.
The second victory the Falcons had in the conference came against the Northwest Nazarene Crusaders 4-1. The scoring onslaught started early for the Falcons when forward Gabe Kellum struck a goal within the first eight minutes of the game.
However, eight minutes later the Crusaders would earn their one and only score to tie the game up. At the 21 minute mark defender Mejia would head in a score for the second game in a row which concluded the scoring in the first half. The second half held two more points for the Falcons with forward Samuel Agyei’s score in the sixth minute and defender Andrew Ivaldi’s goal in the very last minutes of the game.
“We have a lot of good players on our roster and feel like each of them bring different strengths to our team,” Collings said.
If the team keeps its current spot in the GNAC, No. 3, for the rest of the regular season, they will qualify for the GNAC tournament.
“We were picked to finish fifth in the league this year by the coaches in the conference. Our goal is to finish higher than that,” Collings said.