Despite the outcomes of many recent games over the past two weeks, men’s soccer coach Tim Mosby remained resolute in his belief that his Archers were a vastly improved team over the group he saw in the season’s first month.
Mosby received his first bit of tangible evidence this week, following a 1-0 win over Southwestern Illinois College on Oct. 19. Freshman forward Edin Mehmedovic scored the game-winner from 18 yards out just two minutes into overtime.
The win avenged a season-opening 2-1 loss to SWIC in overtime, on a sweltering afternoon on Aug. 23.
The Archers had the rematch with SWIC circled since that date, and their follow-up performance was evidence of that preparation. For the third time in as many victories, the win came by virtue of a shutout.
Freshman goalie Blake Brockhaus turned away all seven shots on goal in recording his fourth shutout of the season. The Archers (6-10-2) were scheduled to travel to Jefferson College today (Oct. 21), before returning home for the regular season finale against Concordia College on Thursday (Oct. 23).
“It’s all about how they approach the game,” Mosby said following a 2-0 loss to SWIC on Oct. 9, a game in which the Archers remained competitive in the second half. “The morale is high now. We’re not criticizing each other, and that’s what we’re looking for going into the playoffs. We’re playing a little different formations now, so a lot of things have gotten better.”
With their win over SWIC, the Archers have completed their two turns against Region XVI opponents. Entering the postseason, Mosby is encouraged with his team’s ability to play at a high level against those opponents in the postseason.
“We want to be able to stay with these high-ranked teams, the Jeffersons and the Blue Rivers,” Mosby said. “We know our approach now, and we’ve kind of figured some things out.”