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Men’s soccer looks for CCIW wins before conference tournament

After a recent tie against Elmhurst College, the Augustana men’s soccer team currently has a record of 0-1-1 in conference, and they hope to finish the rest of the season strong against other CCIW teams.
Overall, the team has a record of 4-7-1, with all their wins being at home. The team’s first CCIW match of the season was against Elmhurst on Sept. 28. Augustana’s Michael Brazinski scored the Vikings’ first and only goal of the game. The final score was 1-1 after two overtimes. This result left some players, like senior captain Dominick Sullivan, a little disappointed, but determined..
“We’re going to use [the tie] as fuel to perform better in our conferences games coming up,” Sullivan said.
One match that stood out to the players wasn’t a conference match. The 2-1 home victory over Wisconsin-Whitewater on Oct. 1 was an important win as the Vikings have never defeated the Warhawks before.
Throughout the season so far, the team has been working on specific techniques and skills in practice to improve their play.
“We are starting to possess the ball better and defend well as a team,” Sullivan said.
Along with improving their techniques, the team has been working on their cohesiveness.
“We have always been close off the field, but we have lacked chemistry on the field,” senior Ryan Curry said. “But, we have worked on it quite a bit and are strengthening every aspect of our play on the field.”
The team’s season is close to being done, but the conference games have just begun.
“The season overall has been kind of like a roller coaster. We have had our ups and downs, but the team is really strong and we are excited for conference play,” Curry said.
The Vikings still have six more CCIW games, including Carroll University this Saturday at 7:30 p.m., to prepare for the  CCIW tournament in November.

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Men’s soccer looks for CCIW wins before conference tournament