Men’s College Soccer: UMary building toward the future

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UMary men’s soccer has won three of their last five games, but the winning form may have come too late for a chance at the postseason.

“We dropped a couple games that maybe we look back on and we say,” head coach Dave Cook said, “‘Had we found this type of form a little bit earlier we’d have a little bit of margin for error.’ [But] we don’t have any margin for error.”

The team has one match left against the second-ranked team in the Central Region. And a quality win like that would go a long way.

“You have to knock somebody out to be in there,” Cook said.

And with such a freshman-dominated team this season, just being on the cusp of the postseason says a lot about the team’s potential moving forward.

“Experience matters,” Cook said, “and now that we have experience and we’ve been working at increasing the tempo of our decision making, both defensively and in the attack, you’re starting to see more goals.”

And Cook says his team’s ability to play a lot of players — thanks to local recruiting — has helped advance the program as well.

“We were able to bring in a good crop of players from Bismarck,” Cook said, “and actually, that foundation has added to our depth and that’s part of the reason we’ve found a little bit more success.”

With just one game left, Cook says his young teem is poised and ready to finish the regular season with a bang.

“They’re excited about the opportunity,” Cook said. “They’re excited about the growth, and now we just need to see if we can get the job done.”

The Men’s last game of the regular season is Nov. 4 at Fort Hays State.

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