Finding momentum a struggle for men’s soccer

By Jordan Murray

Sports Editor

Editor’s Note: At press time, the V-Hawks were beginning tourna­ment play. Scores were unavail­able.

Winning streaks are a necessity for a team if it wants to make a run at a conference championship and be­yond. Viterbo’s men’s soccer team is hoping its first winning streak since a 3-0 start to the season comes in the Midwest Collegiate Confer­ence tournament.

After that 3-0 start to the season, the V-Hawks went 5-7-3, alternating their victories with ties and defeats. Those wins, however, have come at the right times. The team placed fifth in the MCC during the regular season with a 4-3-1 record.

Senior Dennis Benthin believes that much of the inconsistency is due to injuries and suspensions, making it hard to get the team’s best 11 play­ers on the field. Benthin himself has missed a portion of the season with an arm injury.

The team has played some of its best soccer against its toughest op­ponents. The V-Hawks pushed con­ference rival Grand View, ranked number nine nationally at the time, to overtime before losing by a 3-2 margin.

If the V-Hawks can get by Clarke, whom they defeated 5-2 in the regu­lar season, they’ll have a shot at the one seed in the conference tourna­ment, Mount Mercy. Benthin and the team’s six seniors hope that they’ll finally hit that winning streak they’ve been looking for all season.

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