Photo Courtesy of Sports Information Department

The CSU men's soccer team stands along the sideline for its final game.

 

November 20, 2017

Men's soccer season comes to an end

The Cleveland State men’s soccer season came to an end Nov. 9 with a loss at the hands of the defending champions, University of Illinois at Chicago. The final score of 3-1, favoring the Flames, would mark the end of the Vikings run that went 7-10-2 during the season.

The Vikings gave up two goals in the final 10 minutes of the first half. UIC’s sophomore Jesus Perez scored the first, knocking in the third chance shot. Senior Joel Leon sunk a penalty kick to give the Flames a 2-0 lead.

The only goal for the green and white came from senior Hesham Hammouda in the second half, converting a spot kick.

Junior forward Markell Saddler of UIC sealed the game with less than two minutes to go, giving the Flames the insurance goal. The victory sends them back to the Horizon League Championship.

Sophomore goalie Sebastian Kalk recorded a career-high 11 saves for the Vikings. At the other end of the field between the posts, junior Sawyer Jackman recorded seven saves. The Vikings team had 10 shots, eight on goal opposed to UIC’s 28 shots, 14 on goal.

Over the 19-game season span, the Vikings scored 24 goals, averaging 1.26 goals per game. The team went 4-3-2 in conference play.

After this exit in the semifinals, the men’s team will say goodbye to three seniors – Kareem Banton, Alec Nagucki, and Hammounda. The team has competed in the league tournament in eight of the last nine seasons, and has reached the semifinals or beyond in four of the past six seasons.



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