By: Ryan Cuddy
The Adrian College men’s soccer team capped off it’s fall season with traveling to Angola Indiana to face off with in conference foe, Trine University this past Saturday. This loss solidified the Adrian team at an 0-3 record for the fall; however, a win in an exhibition game against cross town rivals Siena Heights meant the bulldogs didn’t go completely win-less in their truncated fall tune up season. Soccer typically is a fall season for both men’s and women’s, however it has been pushed back to the spring this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. That means that these fall matches for both soccer teams this year are going to be used as tune ups and warm ups for the shortened, and fast fall season. These matches will count towards their record, but not their conference record for the two times that the men’s team has faced off against Trine.
On the pitch this past Saturday the Trine University Thunder jumped on the Adrian College Bulldogs quickly. The scoring came rather quickly for the Thunder to start out the game. Only just under seven and a half minutes played in the game, Hamzah Saleh found the back of the net, beating Alex Brock, who started this game in net for the Bulldogs. Starting in net for the Thunder was freshman goalkeeper Troy Saylor. Saylor stopped all 4 shots that came his way in this matchup. Later in the first half Trine added on to their lead, as Kaliel Alisaid put one in the net to make it 2-0 in favor of the home team. That goal from Alisaid came unassisted and continued to show this red hot Trine offense that has given the bulldogs trouble over their two matchups in the fall this season. Finishing off the scoring in the first half was Connor Malmquist for the thunder with just about 13 minutes still remaining.Even though Adrian was down at half, they were still playing hard and had chances outshooting the Thunder 6-5.
Down 3-0 through the first 45 minutes of the game, first year head coach Michael Hatfield went to switch things up, and came back with sophomore net-minder Zack DeRoeck to start out the second half of play. DeRoeck held his own in between the pipes for the Bulldogs, stopping all three shots that came his way in the final 45 minutes of action. Sadly for Adrian, it wasn’t enough as the damage was done. The Bulldogs couldn’t crack the code of Troy Saylor for the Thunder, as he stopped the rest of the shots that came his way, and finished off a clean sheet for the afternoon. After the 90 minutes were up Adrian ended up out-shooting the Thunder 12-10, however the Bulldogs could only muster up 4 shots on net, and Trine put 7 shots on net. Adrian played solid, but a hot start from the Thunder put Adrian behind the eight ball early, and they couldn’t recover. So that’s it for the fall season for the Adrian Men’s varsity soccer team, as the JV squad still has three games remaining on their fall schedule. The spring season is going to come quick, and it will go by quick. It will be a sprint to the MIAA tournament in the spring as Adrian hosts Calvin in late March to open up play. The Bulldogs will play 8 games in 25 days in the spring, as all of the MIAA schools will be jockeying for a chance to get into the conference tournament and have a chance at hoisting the title as MIAA champions.