Written by Carter Weissenfluh
Last Sunday the Roanoke men’s soccer team played their first game of the season against the Bridgewater Eagles. Last season, the Eagles gave the Maroons some problems in a tough 4-1 loss, but this time around it was a completely different game. The Maroons dominated time of possession and had significantly more Shots on Goal, with 25 for the Maroons and just 4 for Bridgewater. The Maroons had plenty of chances to score but they did not seem to find the back of the net. Due to COVID-19, it had been a long time since the Maroons had taken the field for competition, and unfortunately, it was apparent at the start of this game. However, once the Maroons worked their way into the second half they were able to find a rhythm as they moved toward overtime; they were clicking on all cylinders. Unfortunately for the Maroons, they were never able to find the back of the net and the Bridgewater goalkeeper made some tremendous saves down the stretch and in overtime. The final score was a 0-0 tie.
As their season heats up, the Maroons look to take on conference rival Washington & Lee on Sunday, February 28th at 1:00 PM in Kerr Stadium. This game will have playoff implications all over it and it would not come as a surprise if these teams meet again later on in the season. Hopefully, the Maroons can find the back of the net in their next game and work to get their first win of the season.