The Washington State Men’s Club Soccer team finished with an unblemished 5-0 record for their fall season.
The Cougars latest match resulted in a 5-2 win over the Montana State University Bobcats. This was the third time the Cougars scored at five goals. This type of scoring output did not come as a shock to the Cougars because their offensive strategy creates a lot of scoring chances.
“That is one thing we have been working on when we set up for practice,” Sophomore left back Chris Stokesbary said. “We make sure we find our wide players and work the ball through the mid field. It’s a positive thing to see throughout the game and the score definitely reflects those actions.”
The Cougars were supposed to play the Gonzaga Bulldogs this fall but that match was never scheduled due to the academic calendar for both universities. A match between the teams will occur during the Cougars’ Spring Season, according to Stokesbary.
With such large leads during games, younger players were able to get quality playing time on the pitch. The eight newcomers to the Cougars squad were each able to get a chance to play a lot on the pitch. The younger players quickly recognized the difference between the high school level and a high college club soccer level.
“Personally, I feel like I have been improving a lot,” freshman center midfielder Stefan Thyron said. “Pretty much everyone on the club soccer team were studs in high school whereas high school, you would have players that you could make look silly. But college, everybody knows how to play soccer and takes it seriously when their on the field.
The Spring schedule for the WSU Men’s Club Soccer team has not been released yet. Given past years, the Cougars are expected to begin their season Mid-February. However, the team will be ready for any scheduled matches before that time, according to Stokesbary.
Written By Kyle Nishida