Titans tie in double overtime

Morgan Van Lanen

[/media-credit] UW Oshkosh sophomore forward Sean McCarthy leaps toward the ball in the Titans’ Sept. 13 match against Chapman University (Calif.). The Titans are 9-1-2 on the season.

The men’s soccer team snapped its eight-game winning streak in a 0-0 tie against Wheaton College on Wednesday, Oct. 7. It was their second tie of the season. Senior midfielder Michael Dugan said he is proud of the way his team has been playing. “We have gotten ourselves on a very good streak here as of late which we hope to keep going throughout the rest of the regular season,” Dugan said. “As long as we keep playing the way we have been playing lately, I think we have a very good chance against anybody.” After scoring at least one goal in eight consecutive games, the Titans were not able produce in Wednesday’s match. They did outshoot the Thunder 17-12, though. Assistant coach Ben Winter said a tie was not the result he was looking for from his players. “Obviously we want a victory and a good result,” Winter said. “Wheaton was in the finals last year, and they are a good team. It will be a good test for the guys; we have to be hungry. There are going to be a lot of problems, and it’s going to be about who can figure out those problems first.” Neither team was able to find the back of the net after going scoreless for 110 minutes. UWO and Wheaton College combined for a total of 31 fouls and three yellow cards in the match. Additionally, the Titans had the advantage when it came to corner kicks, as they were awarded nine and the Thunder only two. Senior goalkeeper Sam Gabrilska made four saves in goal for UWO, while Wheaton College senior goalkeeper Matt Paprocki also made four saves. Dugan led the Titans with seven shots on goal, while senior midfielder Malcom Jeffris had the second most with three. Winter said head coach Wytse Molenaar has been doing a good job of reminding his players to stay positive and take each game one at a time. “The guys have been focused, they have been putting in the work,” he said. “Coach Molenaar keeps them focused during practices; he doesn’t let them sway.” Although the team broke its eight-game winning streak on Wednesday night at home, players like Jeffris remind themselves to keep working hard in order to get to the tournament. “In terms of the season, I think we are really starting to click and getting closer and closer to our goal of playing well all 90 minutes,” said Jeffris. “We have some tough games coming up so it will be fun to prove how good we actually are this season and earn an automatic bid to the tournament.” On Sunday, Oct. 11, the Titans will travel to The College of St. Scholastica (Minn.) for a noon match.