SAU Buzz

Men’s soccer stays confident despite struggle

by A.J. Engelsen
Posted on Oct 05, 2017

The St. Ambrose University men’s soccer team has been struggling to reach their goals- literally and figuratively. Since their season started, they have acquired five losses and two draws.

Team Captain Sam Anstey says the slow start is nothing new for the Bees. The rough start hasn’t kept them from having high hopes for the team heading into conference play.

“We have had a similar start to the season as we did last year and we made it to the play off semi finals,” Anstey said. “Therefore we are aiming to make the semis or final again this year.”

The Bees had nine seniors graduate, which means they are fielding a lot of young guys. This lack of experience, not a lack of talent, is part of the problem for the team.

“We lost a lot of seniors last years, therefore, with this season it has been important to bring the new boys in and get the team to gel and learn the American college game,” Anstey said.

The Ambrose team is from all over the world. Players come from six different countries, which makes it a unique opportunity for players to learn different cultures and ways of playing.

“I love having a mixture of cultures on the team,” Anstey said. “It brings a number of different styles of play from around the world together, and on a social aspect it allows us to create friendships around the world and gives us the opportunity to travel the world after college.”

The team did get off to a promising start with a win on the road against Trinity International. Anstey’s favorite moment this season was a late goal from Tom Greenwood to win the game. He hoped this would be a turning point for the team.

“Winning the first conference game was a huge boost for the new boys,” he said.

The team has struggled again since that late game winner from Greenwood, as their record has dropped to 1-7-2 and 1-2 in conference play. They lost their first home conference game to Calumet St. Joseph 2-1 and then lost an overtime thriller to Roosevelt University 1-0.

The Bees only have two more home games left this season, taking on Robert Morris University Illinois and University of St. Francis later this month.