Newman soccer teams struggle on the road

By Matthew Royal, staff writer

Newman University soccer was on the road again this weekend as the men’s and women’s soccer teams found themselves pushing to improve their re­cords.

Jayden Gregory. Photo Editor
Defender Robert Butler pokes the ball away from a Rockhurst player Sept. 8.

The Jets traveled to Austin, Texas, where both teams faced St. Edward’s University. The Jets were unable to grind any result out of the visit to Aus­tin, as the men’s team came away with a 0-2 defeat and the women came away defeated by 5 goals.

Traveling to Dallas, the team looked to redeem itself as it took on Dallas Bap­tist University. The previous encounter between the two teams resulted in a narrow 1-0 win for the Jets.

However on this particular occasion, the advantage of playing at home pulled DBU through and ensured a comfortable 4-1 victory for the Lady Patriots.

Following the Jets’ defeat to St. Ed­ward’s, the men’s team looked to im­prove its conference record this season as the Jets defeated the Patriots 0-1.

Goal scorer Zach Gramke netted and claimed his first goal of the season and the only goal in the game. The two teams were not without chances though. There were several chances to score as the Jets outshot the Patriots 12-7 and also missed a terrific opportunity to score as Victor Rojas had a penalty kick saved.

The men’s match up with Dallas Bap­tist this year resulted in a victory and a tie for the team and both the women and the men will be looking to improve the Jets’ record further on Thursday as they prepare to take on Texas A&M International at Newman University’s Wilkins Field.

The women now stand with a confer­ence record of 3-5 for the season with an overall record of 5-8, while the men hold down a conference record of 3-3-1 and an overall record of 4-7-1.

The Jets goalkeeper Robin Allard has been selected as the Heartland confer­ences defensive player of the week twice already this season, and commented on his team’s progress so far.

“We have been playing great soccer lately and we know we can win,” Allard said. “We have six games left before the end of the season and we will give ev­erything we have to win them all. There is no other choice but winning now.”

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