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Men’s Soccer in Unfamiliar Territory…but Don’t Worry

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Following a 3-0 defeat at UTRGV on Sunday afternoon, the UVU men’s soccer team is not in a good place. The Wolverines are tied with San Jose State for last place in the Western Athletic Conference. UVU is currently on an eight-match winless streak, 0-7-1 in that time. The last win came on September 10 at San Diego State. 

Let us paint a picture of this desperate situation. UVU lost just three seniors from the 2016 WAC regular season championship team. Austin Buxton returned from his battle with cancer that kept him from the pitch in 2016. And UVU beat 12th-ranked Akron to start the 2017 season. 

However, since beginning the season 3-1, it has been a free fall or sorts that is completely unexpected. Home losses to Sacramento State and Omaha followed by road losses at Washington and Gonzaga started this struggle. The Wolverines have scored more than one goal just once this season in a 2-0 win at Cal State Fullerton. 

“Winning is contagious, but unfortunately, so is losing,” UVU head coach Greg Maas said following the loss to UTRGV. “This team is in a position we’ve never experienced, but the players and coaching staff are determined to persevere and keep fighting to turn this season around.”

Right now, as it stands, UVU is on the outside looking in for a spot in the WAC Tournament. In order to avoid its first losing season, the Wolverines have to win the final six matches of the season. That isn’t going to be easy.

The next three matches are at home versus UMKC, Air Force and Houston Baptist. UVU follows that with what we consider as the gauntlet to end the season. The Wolverines at at UNLV and Grand Canyon before finishing at home against Seattle. 

Let’s All Relax for a Moment

It is a desperate time for the UVU men’s soccer team. There is no denying that. But, let’s just take a chill pill and relax for a moment. This is an experienced and senior-laden team.

Karson Payton and the Wolverines are in a spot nobody expected at this point of the season. Photo courtesy of UVU Athletics.

They know how to win. 41 wins in just over three years as an NCAA Division I program shows that. Greg Maas is one of the best coaches in the nation and knows how to get his team prepared. 

But, it is a mindset situation for the Wolverines. Do they fold now or make the run necessary to get to where they want to go? The preseason hype for this team was and is real. Yes, they haven’t quite lived up to the expectations they set. But, getting to the WAC Tournament and winning it are what matter most. This team is very capable of doing just that. It’s time to put on the hard hats, go to work, and get it done. In the world of soccer, anything can happen. 

For the fans, don’t give up on this team. Believe in them, stand with them and be a key factor in helping them turn this season around. As Maas and his boys put it, we are “As One” and that stands true now. 

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