Written by Joe Hubbs. Media by Morgan Johnson.
Last Tuesday, the Greenville men and women’s soccer teams continued their season-long woes, both falling 1-2 at Lindenwood-Belleville. The losses epitomize the tone of a so far dreary season for both Panthers teams, but a remaining schedule full of conference matchups shines a glimpse of hope on the Greenville soccer fields.
In the men’s game, the Lynx scored a late goal in the first half to put themselves up 1-0. The Panthers could not even get a shot off, as Belleville shut them out in the first half. Early in the second half, the Panthers came back with a goal of their own on a shot by senior midfielder, Aaron Mulholland. The tie would not last long however, as the Lynx scored the go ahead goal with 10 minutes left in the game. Two goals would be all Belleville needed to hand the Panthers their sixth loss of the season.
Like the men, the Lady Panthers allowed a goal in the final minutes of the first half that would prove to be the only score before halftime. A successful corner kick attempt by Panther senior, Maureen Murphy set up senior Kelsey Panzau for a game tying goal in the middle of the second half. The rest of the game was tight, and the Panthers almost held the 1-1 tie, but with only one minute left the Lynx scored a heartbreaking, unassisted goal to win the game 2-1.
After both teams lost 3-0 to Webster on Saturday, their records do not look very good at 2-7-3 for the men, and 2-8-0 for the women. However, Saturday’s losses were only the first within the SLIAC, and each team has a conference record of 1-1. Going in to seven conference games, the men are led by senior forward, Jacob Krisher, who has three goals and four assists on the season. The ladies are led by seniors Kelsey Panzau and Maureen Murphy with three goals and two goals respectively. The leaders of these two struggling soccer teams are determined to get their squads motivated come conference play, and make a push for the playoffs. Both the men’s and women’s teams will play a conference matchup at Iowa Wesleyan on Saturday, October 12. Come support your Panthers soccer teams at their next home games against MacMurray on Tuesday, October 15 when the men will take the field at 5 pm and the ladies play at 7 pm.