Gettysburg Men’s Soccer slams Marymount and Muhlenberg
By Jake Verner, Contributing Writer
Last Wednesday the Gettysburg men’s soccer team took the field against Marymount at home on Clark Field and came away with a thrilling 2-1 victory, thanks in large part to two goals from junior Henry Smith. The team moved to an impressive 6-0-1 with the victory and looks to be off to one of their best starts in years under the direction of second year head coach Mark Mettrick.
Smith notched his first tally five minutes from half time after he was taken down inside the Marymount penalty area and then converted the penalty kick. The second half was back and forth with both teams pushing for chances. The Bullets took the lead for good in the 82nd minute off of a useful long ball from junior K.J Depontes into the path of Henry Smith who was able to get a touch to the ball, guiding the ball just past the Marymount keeper into the back of the net.
Senior Noah Sheetz anticipated a blowout victory after the team’s win against Marymount a year ago but is, “incredibly proud of the determination and effort we showed in the second half.” This kind of determination and effort to grind out a tough game shows why the Gettysburg men’s soccer team is off to a great start thus far.
The Bullets then continued their awesome start by moving to 2-0 in the Centennial Conference on their Saturday away at Muhlenberg with a score of 2-0. The Bullets improved their record to 7-0-1 on the season thanks to goals by senior Will Gately and junior K.J Depontes. Gately notched his first goal of the season in the 33rd minute, while Depontes added another goal in the 54th minute of the match.
Senior captain Ryan Kennedy was proud of the effort and, “believes it was a great team win and wins against these types of opponents prove that we have what it takes to be Centennial Conference champs.” He went on to say, “Going on the road and winning in front of a tough Muhlenberg crowd shows the mental toughness of this group.” The leadership of Kennedy along with senior captain Marc Franco are crucial for a young program looking to take the next step.
Gettysburg will look to continue their dream season with a match up against Johns Hopkins at Clark Field. Come out and support the Gettysburg College men’s soccer team as they take the field at 7pm on Wednesday, September 30th.