After beating Bloomsburg University 2-1, the Mercyhurst University men’s soccer team secured the top spot in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC).
Although they knew the game would be tough and physical, they pulled through with the win.
Jack Watson, a redshirt sophomore forward, has been a big factor in the team’s success so far.
He is the first Laker since 2000 to score four goals in one game. In fact, he has already taken the PSAC Award home twice this year. He currently leads the PSAC with 24 points, 41 shots and three game-winning goals.
Going into their game against Bloomsburg, the team had to be focused.
“We knew that once we played our game we would have a very good chance of winning,” Watson said.
Although being ranked first has boosted the team’s drive and determination, they are still taking every game as it comes.
Even with home field advantage by hosting the PSACs, the team has to remain vigilant.
“We try not to underestimate our opponents,” Watson said.
The team is highly motivated by the success against Bloomsburg that pushed them to the number one spot.
Each game the team works their hardest to improve so they can be successful at the end of the year Watson said.
“As a group,” Watson said, “[that success] is what we’re striving for.”
The soccer team continued their success, remaining in the number one spot, by beating University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, 8-2, Oct. 14. Then, on Oct. 18, the team beat Seton Hill University, 2-1.
With only four games remaining, it is vital that the team wins each one.
“We have the talent and determination to do so,” Watson said. “The team is really coming together now at a great time, so hopefully this will give us the incentive to go and win these next five games.”
The team’s next game is Wednesday, Oct. 22, against Slippery Rock University. The game will be played at home and start at 7 p.m. Slippery Rock has an 8-5 overall record and Mercyhurst has a 12-2 overall record.