Men’s soccer earns win, loss on road

T.J. Gerlach

Dropping one and winning the second, Missouri Southern’s men soccer team played two games on the road last weekend.

The Lions travel to Canyon. Texas Oct. 22 and took on West Texas A&M University. WTAMU handed Southern a 2-0 loss.

“They’re a good team,” said J.P. West, junior midfielder.

West said it was a touch place to play.

Kiley Cirillo, head men’s soccer coach, agreed.

“The conditions were tough,” Cirillo said. “It was really windy. We were on turf, which was a new atmosphere for us. They’re used to their turf, so that was an advantage to them.”

Both of WTAMU’s goals came in the first half of the game, and the Buffalo had 23 shots total in the game, with only nine on goal.

The Lions had 7 shots and had five on net.

“It’s kind of one of those things where you look at it, and you go ‘OK, we’re getting better quality opportunities on frame … we’re just not finishing,'” Cirillo said.

He said the two goals were the result of some hesitation on the Lions part and were not anything spectacular.

On Oct. 23, the men headed farther west to Portales, N.M. to play Eastern New Mexico University.

The first half ended with no score, but ENMU scored in the 51st minute of the game. West tied the game off a penalty kick in the 71st minute.

Southern also scored another goal in regulation, however it was called back for an offsides foul. Regulation time ended in a 1-1 tie, but not before two Lions and one Greyhound were ejected. The two Lions that were red carded were Adam Skiermont, senior forward, and Patrick Kelley, sophomore defender.

“It was a rougher match,” Cirillo said. “I didn’t feel the referee did a good job as far as keeping the game in control.”

Despite being a man down to the Greyhounds, the Lions still came out with the win when ENMU scored an own goal on itself in the 103rd minute.

“I don’t think that it was an own goal,” Cirillo said. “Seamus O’Donnell actually poked it in.”

He said the defender made a mistake and headed the ball to the goalkeeper so the keeper could pick it up. The keeper, however, came out from the goal and the ball slipped by. Cirillo said O’Donnell, senior forward, got a foot on it at that time.

West thought the Lions played a lot better the second game.

“I felt like we should have won in regulation,” West said.

The Lions’ record is now 2-13-2 and 1-10-1 in the Southwest Soccer Conference.

Their last games are at home. Friday, Midwestern (Texas) State University comes to Bodon Field to take on the Lions at 7 p.m., and Sunday St. Edwards University comes to Southern to take on the Lions. Kick-off will be at 1 p.m.