In men’s college soccer, U-Mary fell short of expectations this year, but only losing three seniors means this team will be tough to beat over the next two years.
This year’s seniors wish they had some extra eligibility left.
“I can see an improvement from last year,” senior midfielder Andre Almqvist said. “It probably doesn’t show on like the score sheeet.”
U-Mary enters their final regular season match with a record of 4-8-1 on the season.
“I would say it’s been a pretty tough season for the way we fought every game,” Alberto Asencio said.
In one score games, the Marauders are 2-3-1.
“We knew that we could have taken advantage of our chances but we didn’t,” Ascencio said. “That’s just part of soccer.”
Seniors Andre Almqvist and Alberto Asencio, two of the three seniors, shared their fondest memory.
“A late game-winner against Simon Fraser my freshman year,” Almqvist said. “
“When you’re with your friends and teammates and they become like a family,” Ascencio said, “especially for someone coming outside of the U.S.”
The seniors did not just play, they help mold a young team.
“You need to give everything every game and every single practice,” Ascencio said. “You can’t just wait and say. ‘Tomorrow, I’ll work harder. Or next game, I’ll run more. It has to be an everyday thing.”
Coming back next year, U-Mary will have 15 freshman and sophomores returning.
“Most of them are sophomores that start in the game and how come in as well,” Almqvist said. “Two years from now it’s going to be interesting to see what it looks like.”
The seniors only wish is that they had more years to play in blue and orange.
“Yeah,” Almqvist said. “I definitely do.”
“You always look back,” Ascencio said. “You always want to relive all those moments.”
The U-Mary men will play their final game of the season this Saturday against Fort Hays State.