Eagles Historic Season Comes to an End
The Williams Baptist College soccer team lost 2-0 at William Woods University on Saturday, ending WBC’s most successful season in team history. Despite having more shots on target (8-7) then WWU, Williams could not get one past the Owls’ keeper and was shut out for only the fourth time all season.
The loss came in the first round of the American Midwest Conference Tournament, representing the first time the soccer Eagles had made it to the postseason.
Numerous records were set by the 2011 Eagles, including finishing the season with a record of seven wins. The previous high for wins in a season was five in 2008. WBC finished fifth in the AMC, which eclipsed its previous high of seventh. Also, the three matches won in conference are the most ever by a WBC team.
Martin Carmona of Buenos Aires, Argentina, led the Eagles in scoring with 13 goals, earning him a rank of 13th in the country in NAIA. Carmona also led the team in assists with six.
Among the highlights of WBC’s season were a 5-3 win over the vaunted Central Baptist College squad, a 2-1 win over NCAA Division II program Delta State University, and a 4-3 double overtime victory, when the Eagles came from behind to defeat Missouri Baptist University.
First year head coach Shane Stolz noted, “The MBU game clinched our spot in the conference tournament, but the fact we overcame a two goal deficit and fought back to win in overtime with a man down showed what we are capable of.”
Stolz is already looking beyond this season’s milestones, commenting, “We accomplished some goals, but we have to build on this season so we can reach our long term goals.”
The coach said the Eagles will now focus on off-season workouts and preparation for next season.
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