Soccer isn’t done yet

By Chardonnae Parker/Delta News Editor

The men’s soccer team fell at the start of the first postseason play, but there is still hope alive for the team.  

The men’s team fell in a match against the the number 19th-ranked Baker Wildcats.  The Baker wildcats won by a score of 1 to 0. The Vikings season has been full of ups and downs.  

“We lost a few key plays a couple seniors that we were told would be out for the season and that hurt us but we started to put everything together.  

The team’s road to nationals may not be over just yet.  The Vikings have maintained national ranking throughout the 2019-2020 season.  The team also plays a tough non conference schedule according to Vladmir Simic, men’s soccer coach. 

“We have one of the toughest schedules in the nation,” Simic said. “On Saturday the MPI, which is everything to tell us how tough our non conference schedule was and things like that. All those factors into points. The points system and votes is what will get us an at large bid into the national tournament.”

Simic said through the regular season they gained and lost a few key players to injuries but they figured things out and began playing like the team he knows they could be.  Still in all the team found success.  

In all the Vikings found little success in their season this year.  According to an article by Andy Pulverenti on the valleywillroll athletic website: “The Missouri Valley College men’s soccer team has put seven of its student-athletes on the 2019 Heart of America Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer All-Conference Team.  A trio of players lead the selections, placed on the all-conference first team, along with Freshman Forward Kirill Kamnev (Moscow, Russia) being named as the Co-Freshman of the Year.”   

“We had seven guys get onto the All-Conference team, which I think is good,” Simic said. “The max number of athletes from one school can put on the list is eight and we put seven, so that is nice. I have nothing to do with the voting of our players on the All-Conference teams it is all other coaches and it is good that they are recognized.  For some of those players they might have a chance to be on the All- American ballot.”

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