The Men’s Soccer team lost to Calvin College on penalty kicks this past Saturday, Nov. 8, in the battle for the MIAA championship. Despite the lost, the team did not disappoint the K community. Instead, they provided very exciting wins along the way, and this season more students attended the games than in recent years.
The soccer team noticed the student support and each player appreciated it. Team Captain Beau Prey ’15 said, “speaking on behalf of the team, we love the student support. I want to thank everyone who came out because I believe they are partially responsible for wins.”
First year Raphael Weidman ’18 was happy to support the team, “the signs on the way to Hicks about the upcoming games were a constant reminder to check out the games. I was excited to see K was facing Hope.”
Hope College is one of the Kalamazoo College’s rivals, “it was exciting to watch our soccer team excel this season against all of their opponents, but especially against Hope since they tend to be pretty good at sports,” said Weidman. “I think it showed the level and strength of this year’s soccer program.”
The team’s win against Hope College this past Wednesday solidified their final step to the MIAA final’s game. Player Kyle Hernandez ’17 felt very proud of the team’s performance against Hope., “It’s a positive step for our program and something we plan to build on.”
Hernandez said when going into the year the team planned on making the MIAA final. He said no one on the team has ever played in an MIAA final, “we have come a long way this season, but we won’t be satisfied by simply making it to the final.”
Even still, it is an honor for any team to play in the MIAA final’s game, and the K community is proud of the accomplishments of this year’s team. The team, with the underclassmen soccer players in particular, will be prepared to play more exciting games next season.
Team Captain Prey said, “It means a lot to us knowing that they school is standing behind us in our endeavor. It provides us with an extra boost of energy, especially when they make noise.”