Tupelo, Miss. – The W men's soccer team ends the 2019 season with a 5-1 victory over Arlington Baptist on Saturday, October 26. With this victory, the Owls were able to close the season with a 7-7-3 record on the season.
Going into today's match the Owls had one thing against them, weather conditions. The Owls were put to the test during the first 40 minutes of the match as inclement weather was in place but they found a way to gain a goal with only four minutes left in the first half.
Senior Andres Martinez broke the silence and woke up the Owls offense with a shot and assist by Hunter Holdiness at 41:29 to put the Owls on the board going into halftime. Within moments the Patriots also scored bringing the match to a tie at the end of the first half.
The Owls offense came out ready to defeat in the second half with a goal at the 46-minute mark by junior Josh Martin to take the lead.
With assistance moments later by Martin, Joshua Frankenstein was able to contribute to the Owls lead, bringing them to 3-1.
Offensively, junior Michael Ledbetter led the Owls with two goals, ending the game 5-1.
The W's offense worked hard with 12 shots and 7 shots on goal.
Junior Selvin Lopez collected the win for the Owls while in the goal playing the entire 90 minutes. Lopez collected one save, allowed one goal and two shots on goal.
"I am really proud of our guys for battling throughout the tough conditions to get to the win today. It was a very slow start for us but we were able to bounce back in the second half to put it away. I can't say enough about how tough our guys have become and how focused they have been in recent weeks. We have turned a corner winning five of the last six games. Now we will wait and see if we get the bid to the USCAA National Tournament!"