Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Pivotal Times

Aaron Gibbons, a senior on the 2011 Milwaukee men's soccer team, will be blogging all season long on the UWM website. Today is his ninth entry of the year.


Though the past couple of weeks haven’t exactly gone as planned, with a current dry spell of scoring and a lack of wins on the schedule, we still have much to play for. As the season dwindles down, each game becomes more important, making each training session revolving around the opponent ahead.

Now placed fifth in the Horizon League, our last game is pivotal for our season's life. With a win, we most likely clinch a spot in the Horizon League tournament, where anything can happen. But, with a loss, we most likely will not go onto the postseason.

Our upcoming and last home match against Northern Illinois will act as an important test in preparation for our last conference match against UIC. Northern Illinois is currently ranked 32nd in the nation and has had a very successful year. A result against this type of opponent is exactly what we need to gain momentum and carry it into Saturday.

This season has not exactly been ideal for the players, coaches and the seniors, but with a result against UIC on Saturday, we have the opportunity to change everything. During the past week the team has truly come together and have all got our eyes on one thing, making sure that everything we do is in the best interest of the team.

After all, they say the conference tournament is the start of a new season, why not start ours a week early?

Hope to see all of you at Engelmann Stadium this Wednesday November 2nd for the last Milwaukee men’s soccer home game and for senior night!

-Aaron #8