Season Review: Soccer
Written by KWUStudentMedia on November 27, 2018
This year has been nothing short of a special season for the Kansas Wesleyan Women’s and Men’s soccer programs. Both seasons concluded this past week with a combined two regular season titles and two KCAC tournament championships.
The Women’s Soccer team ended up finishing this year with a record of 17-3-2 (11-0-1 KCAC.) The season started out slow as the team started 3-2-2, but then went on an absolute tear through KCAC regular and postseason play. After the strong start in conference play, the team played 25th ranked Ottawa and 16th ranked Oklahoma Wesleyan within a three day span and wound up taking the win in both matches to prove that this team was not one to be messed with. On October 30th, the women clinched the regular season championship after a 4-0 thrashing of Sterling College. The women beat Avila University 1-0, Bethany College 1-0, and finally Oklahoma Wesleyan 2-0 en route to winning the KCAC postseason championship. Not only did the second win over OKWU mean they won another title this season, it also meant that the team would be heading to play in the national tournament. KWU got drawn to play at 24th ranked John Brown University for the opening round, but would end up falling 1-0. Michelle Pena led the team in goals this year with a total of 16, and Taylor Veloz led the team in assists with 7. Daisy Bingham led the team with 76.5% save percentage and a .775 GAA. Pena went on to win KCAC Newcomer of Year, Krysta Catone won KCAC Defender of the year, and head coach Kat Benton won KCAC Head Coach of the year. The team also had 9 earn all conference honors.
After a slow 2-4 start to their season, the men’s soccer team grew confidence and wound up going on a 15 match winning streak before falling in the first round of the national tournament to Mid American Christian 2-1. The Coyotes won the regular season title after a tough last week which included wins over Ottawa 3-2, #2 Oklahoma Wesleyan 4-2, and Sterling College 4-2. Winning the regular season crown meant they would be seeding first in postseason play and take on Avila in the first round. The Coyotes ran through the postseason bracket with a 8-0 win over Avila, 2-1 over McPherson, and 3-2 over #4 Oklahoma Wesleyan. Tim Doherty led the Yotes with 13 goals and Yader Rodriguez led the team with 8 assists. Luis Barrera led the team with a 1.18 GAA and a 74.8 save percentage. Jorge Mejia won KCAC Defender of the year, Yader Rodriguez won KCAC Newcomer of the Year, and head coach Diego Cocon won KCAC Coach of the year. The team also placed 9 on All-KCAC teams.