With a tough season so far, the men’s soccer team knew they had to make a statement with only two left in their season, and what a statement they made. On Sunday, Oct. 26 at 1 p.m., the Tigers faced Cumberland and were rewarded with a huge victory.
From the beginning whistle, Cumberland came out strong. Marty Owens hit a high-arcing shot over junior Lavares Stone’s head in minute four to put the Bulldogs ahead of the Tigers.
“It was unlucky to concede that first goal, but Cumberland came out on their front foot,” said head coach Matthew Thorne. “We started a little slow but stepped it up after that. We had a lot of players come off the bench and step up. Throughout the whole game, even when we brought players in, the intensity level never dropped.”
Despite a slow start by the Tigers, junior Jason Boxx scored off an assist from senior Thibault Charmey. Boxx’s goal not only served as the game equalizer but also as his first goal of the season. The half ended 1-1.
With the game tied, the Tigers came out with a hunger for a goal. Freshman Liam Ireland and junior Jacob Ramsey, assisted by Eric Rivera in minute 80, also scored their first goals in the second half.
Additionally, only three minutes into the second half, senior Evan Beutler scored of an assist from Boxx. Beutler now tallies four goals under his name.
The goals didn’t stop there, though. Freshmen Patrick Carroll and Matthew Pemberton scored their second goals of the season.
Senior Thibault Charmey joined the action with a goal of his own. His eleventh goal in minute 85 came off a pass from freshman Pablo Fierros.
The Tigers finished the match in a 7-1 victory. UWA now sits in third in GSC. A win over their last opponent, Alabama Huntsville, will give the Tigers a push through the first round of the GSC tournament.
Commenting on his team’s fate, Thorne said, “of course every game we play we want to win, but now it’s about building momentum going into our final match against UAH.”
“We’re hoping that if we can get the win over the Chargers we’ll grab the second seed and be able to punch our ticket straight into Pensacola. It will be our senior night, so we know our lads will be up for it. We would like to encourage the fans to come out and help as well in our final regular season match.”
The Tigers finish their season against Alabama Huntsville on Friday, Oct. 31, which will serve as senior night, in Tiger Stadium at 5 p.m.