Campbellsville Men’s Soccer started their season alive and ready for any challenge ahead.
With a season record of 4-2, at press time, and many new additions to the team, CU Men’s Soccer has begun the season with a boom.
Falling short in two loses during preseason scrimmages; the team needed some confidence entering the season.
“The way the season is going now I didn’t expect at all,” sophomore defender Gustav Carlsson said.
“Last year was a huge disappointment and I was unsure of what was to come because of all the new additions to the team.”
CU bid farewell to two seniors last season, but added many new faces this season, eager to improve the team.
A total of seven new Tigers joined the CU Men’s Soccer family this year.
Traveling from places all over the country, and world, the team is very diverse to say the least.
“Even though we are a blended team, we get along great and are very tight knit and work well together,” junior center back John Kennedy said.
Carlsson has energized the Tigers offense on more than one occasion, so far this season; being named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week two weeks in a row.
Showing out from the start, and scoring his first hat trick, of three consecutive, during CU’s home opener.
Where he scored the first, third, and fourth goals of the game in a 7-1 victory over Lawrence Tech University on September 1.
Carlsson’s second hat trick came in a 10-1 win over Kentucky Christian University.
Carlson scored the second, third and fifth goals of the game for CU.
Boldly achieving his third hat trick against Berea College, Carlsson scored the first, second and fourth goals for CU en-route to a 7-2 win over Berea College.
“I’m on the field to score, not to be appreciated,”Carlsson said.
“I didn’t expect to play this big of a part in the season.”
Though Carlsson did not expect all the glitz and glamour to come to him this season, Kennedy had high hopes for his last year as a Tiger.
“I expected season to look like this,” Confident Captain, John Kennedy said. “Our team goal coming into preseason was to become a team and succeed as a team. I’m more than happy with the way season has begun.”
After taking L’s in the both of their preseason matches, CU rallied back to win their first four straight, before falling to Asbury University, 3-2, on an own goal with less than a minute left to play in regulation on Sept. 7.
CU lost their second game of the season on the road, to national powerhouse, (1) Lindsey Wilson College, 4-0, on September 11.
“Preseason started off pretty bad, but coach sat us down and talked to us,” Sophomore, Andrew Nugent said.
“After speaking to us, the seniors realized that this was their last year and stepped up a lot.”
For a few Tigers, this is their last and final go-around with Campbellsville University Men’s Soccer.
Seniors Ramiro Sanchez; Pontus Yngve; Chris Craven; and Keegan Prince appreciate that this is the last time that they’ll be playing together as a team.
“It’s sad to say this is my last year of playing, but it feels good to think back on all the good times I’ve had so far,” said Yngve.
“Coach always talks about being able to tell our grandchildren about our college soccer career and I’m starting to see what he is talking about. I’m hoping for a very special year.”
Campbellsville Men’s Soccer plays all of their home games at Citizen’s Bank Field in Finley Stadium, on campus of Campbellsville University.
For more information on CU Men’s Soccer, visit the Official Athletic Website at, www.campbellsvilletigers.com
Wed, September 19, 2012
by Kelly Moyer