(Wenham MA) What’s not to like about this team?
The Gordon men’s soccer team continued on their undefeated roll by routing Eastern Nazarene, 6-1, on a sunny Saturday afternoon on The Quad.
The Scots (9-0) scored twice in the first ten minutes but then could not put the finishing touches on numerous chances the rest of the half.
It was one of those games in which one team dominates but only had two goals to show for it. Right near the end of the half, junior Scott Hansen of the Lions got in on a breakaway but took time to upgrade his shot and lost a great chance. A goal there and the lead would have been halved but it didn’t happen.
The Gordon pressure continued in the second half and senior Andrew Vandervoort connected twice, both on terrific feeds (Caleb Cole and Evan Crocker). Andrew now has ten goals in the 2013 seaon.
ENC (1-8) got its lone goal off a penalty kick by freshman Jacob Mason. David Egeler got whistled for a hard tackle to set up the PK with 14:51 remaining.
Two minutes later, freshman Grant Stevens registered his first GC goal off a feed from the right by fellow freshman Dan Perez.
Dan set up another freshman (Colten Corey) 2 ½ minutes later from about the same spot on the right.
First look for me at Gordon’s team. Their passing skills were impressive. They forced ENC to do a lot of chasing.
This is the only home game on The Quad for the team. They are normally on the fast field at the Brigham Athletic Complex.
Good Homecoming crowd on hand although you have to wonder how many of the spectators, besides friends and family, know how well the Scots have started in 2013.
I would suggest that in a setting with a public address system the names of the goal scorers could be announced.
The Lions have lost four straight and things won’t get any easier. Their next game is on October 5th at (8-2) Roger Williams.
How can you have reservations about Gordon’s 9-0 team? I asked someone behind the ropes who had seen a number of their games that question. They told me that the team is very good but that they hadn’t really faced the top competition yet. My curiosity was aroused so I took a look at the nine teams the Scots have defeated. Two of them (Umass Boston & Western New England) have winning records. The overall record of the opponents is 30-44.
I think that some of the, “How good is this team?” questions will be answered in the next two games. Both are on the road. Lasell (7-1) is the opponent on Tuesday and Nichols (5-1-3) on Friday.
It was my first look at some terrific freshman that first-year coach Derek Potteiger has brought on board. In this game, four of them (Caleb Cole, Colten Corey, Dan Perez, and Grant Stevens) made the scoresheet.
I am highly in favor of having the team led onto the field by a bagpiper.
Nothing more important happens, in my opinion, than the two teams gathering afterwards to pray. It tells me that teams want it known that they are brothers in Christ.
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