by Ali Rincon
The Millsaps men’s soccer team experienced a weekend of highs and lows. Although, Saturday was indeed successful against Birmingham Southern, their six game winning streak ended Sunday against Emory.
On Saturday, the game followed a familiar theme for the two Southern Athletic Association schools. Last season, the Majors fell in Birmingham to the Panthers in double overtime by a score of 2-1.
This year, however, featured the continued solid offensive play by Millsaps as they earned a 3-1 win over Birmingham Southern.
Unfortunately on Sunday, the team did not see the same result when playing Emory. The loss drops Millsaps to 6-2 on the year as neither team could generate much offense in the scoreless first half.
Sophomore player, Carlos Hoffman, said, “I think on Saturday we had a very good, solid game. Our energy and our defense was strong and which made our pressure in the beginning of the game high which allowed us to break down the team early in the game. Sunday we were very equally matched with Emory. It took us awhile to match up with their energy and technical level. There were lapses in our defense and mid-field which gave them the opportunity to break us down with their speed. We fought hard and are disappointed by the loss but we still have a chance to do great things this season.”
The tough game featured a match against nationally ranked Emory University. The Majors fought hard, but lost 2-0.
The Majors will focus and regroup this week away from home against local rival Belhaven University.
The away game will take place just down the road on Riverside Drive for a 7 pm start this Wednesday, Sept. 30th.
The Millsaps women’s soccer team also had a tough weekend. The team lost in their conference opener to Birmingham Southern with a score of 3-0.
Photo courtesy of Millsaps Sports Information
All of the game’s scoring occurred in the second half as the Panthers outshot the Majors 17-5. The Panthers got on the scoreboard early from an own goal from the Majors.
The unlucky play got the scoring started for the Panthers just seven minutes into the second half of play.
“The first half of the game was tough especially after that play.” said freshmen Molly Swiney, “The rest of the game we really worked hard and did our best to come back. The loss was tough but I have hope that our next game will be better.”
The Majors fall to 2-6-1 on the year and 0-1 in conference play.
Next up for the lady Majors is another game at Harper Davis Field against local rival Belhaven University. The mid-week game is set for Wednesday, Sept. 30th at 7 pm.