Soccer Searches for Win on the Road

Josh Martin, Fr. Forward; Photo Credit: Chris Jenkins, University Relations
Josh Martin, Fr. Forward; Photo Credit: Chris Jenkins, University Relations

COLUMBUS, Miss. – The Owls men's soccer team will search for its first win of the season as it travels to Memphis, Tenn. to participate in the Greg Volgas Memorial Tournament hosted by Rhodes College. During the two-day tournament, The W will take on the host school and Hendrix College to close week two of the 2017 season.

The Owls, currently 0-2-1, have shown great improvement as the season advances. Playing in three games, the team has scored two goals on 23 shots for a .087 shot percentage to average 7.7 shots per game. Of those 23 shots, 16 were on goal for a .696 shot-on goal percentage.

"We are a program that is young with a large number of guys and we compete every day at practice," said head coach Tim Gould. "We have some guys that are motivated to go out and get better at practice every day and then seize any opportunities we have on the field."

Paxton Bounds, junior forward, is one of the guys who goes out and competes for The W. Although Bounds may not have the stats to back it up (three shots with one assist), he goes out and makes the big plays. In Wednesday's match against Concordia, he was key the set up for an Owls goal. With just minutes left on the clock, Bounds crossed a ball in front of the Hornets' keeper just in time for Josh Martin to sweep in and score to prevent a match shutout.

"We will always look to play off (Paxton's) foot," Gould said of the Pearl, Miss. native. "A really important part of us getting better is seeing who else can play off Paxton with more regularity."

With the home opener goal, Martin joins Courland Moore as the only two Owls to score. Jonathan Lopez, a freshman forward, has also been an asset to the Owls offense in a big way. The Memphis, Tenn. native has played in three games with two starts. He has tallied for shots with four shots on goals to lead The W in shot attempts and shot on goal percentage.

On the defensive side of the ball, John McGee and Selvin Lopez have been the Owls go-to keepers. McGee, freshman from Troy, Ill., as played and started in all three games for a 0-2-1 record. With 209:21 under his belt, he has tallied 18 saves with seven goals allowed for a .720 save percentage.

Lopez, a freshman from Memphis, Tenn., has played in two matches for 80:39. During his time in front of the goal, he has tallied 10 saves with one goal allowed for a .909 save percentage.

The Owls will take on Rhodes College on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 4 p.m. and will face Hendrix on Sunday, Sept. 10 at 2 p.m. Follow the live stats HERE or get the latest updates at OwlsAthletics.com or on The W Athletics social media pages.

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