The Paw Print
The ASU men’s soccer team took the home field again for the second time on Sunday afternoon against the Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds. This was the Grizzlies second home game this weekend. The Grizzly squad was eager to begin their season, especially at home on their familiar field. Although the Grizzlies fought hard, they ended up losing 2-0 to Eastern New Mexico. This was the first of two meetings for the two teams within one week.
The Grizzlies planned to bounce back after their first loss of the season against Palm Beach Atlantic on Friday afternoon but the Eastern New Mexico’s Greyhounds defense seemed to be too much for the Grizzlies. The Grizzlies started off strong as soon as the clock started to run, but soon seemed to lose energy within a few minutes of the starting half. During the 25th minute of the game, ASU turned the ball over and Diego Santos from ENMU took advantage of it, scoring the first goal of the game against goalkeeper Jared Wilson (Anchorage, Alaska) and taking the 1-0 lead against the Grizzlies.
That was Santos second goal of the season. After that goal, the Grizzlies knew that they had to pick up their pace and play the game they knew how to play. After the first goal of the game was scored against the Grizzlies, they did a good job at stopping the Greyhounds from scoring again anytime soon. The next goal that was scored wasn’t until the seventy-sixth minute of the game, granting the Greyhounds a lead of 2-0 against the Grizzlies. Julian Roberts scored off of a free kick.
During the whole match, the Grizzlies were outshot 20-8, making it difficult for them to score during the game. Only one of the shots of the game was registered on goal. ASU’s junior Tyler Hindmarch (Eagle River, Alaska), registered two shots, which was the highest of the day.
Even though it wasn’t what the Grizzlies expected, they will learn from this loss and work even harder the remainder of the year. As with any athletics, a loss is always hard to handle but is a part of adversity. The Grizzlies have a long season ahead of them and will continue to work hard and hope to recover from this weekend’s loss.
When asked about Sunday’s loss, Sophomore Matt Anderson said, “It’s never easy to lose but I feel pretty good. I thought we played a good game especially in the second half. We really took it to Eastern New Mexico in the second half.”
The same two teams meet again in Portales, NM next Sunday. The men’s match will be held at 11 a.m.