Ryne Oshiro, Staff Writer
The Saint Martin’s soccer teams are off to a promising start. The women’s team is currently sitting at a 1-2-2 record. The Saints earned their first win of the season with a game-clinching goal by Kendall Kemp, otherwise known as a “golden goal.” The freshman delivered in a big spot for her team, just 28 seconds into overtime. The four previous games for the Saints have not gone their way, but players have consistently put up a fight. In just five games, four have gone to either one or two overtimes, which proves just how close these games are. With contributions from both the young core and veterans, the women look poised to keep heading in the right direction.
In those brief five games, four different Saints have scored, including two in the win. Jessica Moskowitz got the action going early with a goal during the Saints first game, which ultimately led to a tie with Holy Names University. Shea McKnight then scored in their second game, which ended in a loss. The next two games resulted in scoreless outings for the women, but Sept. 16 represented a change of fortune. Two Saints, Maddie Wolff and Kemp, scored goals to help lead the charge.
The Saint Martin’s Men’s Soccer team has gotten off to a hot start as they look loaded with weapons and a superb defense. After suffering a 2-2 tie against Regis to begin their season, the Saints rallied for two straight wins with high scoring games. The Saints outscored their opponents 9-0 in those two games and the men have scored a total of 11 goals from eight different players. Scoring is at a premium when it comes to soccer, but for the men’s team, it seems to come easy, as they have scored two or more goals in every game except one. At the time of this article was written, the men have a record of 2-1-1.
Brandon Madsen, two-time All-Region selection, broke the record for most career goals scored in a Saint Martin’s uniform. In only four games, he is the team’s leader in goals with three and once again looks poised to lead the offense this season.
After allowing a total of only three goals in four games, the Saints defense looks ready to defend against the best. After a great start to the year, defender Brandon Kam said:
“The start of our season has been a lot of hard work. Our team is very talented this year, everyone is bought in and on the same page on our specific goals for the season. This preseason has been better than most because we are playing against teams that really bring the best out of us despite the results.”
Even through the toughest of games, the junior is looking at every bright spot for the Saints as they look toward another match.
Although these first few games were only a stepping stone for the Saints, the anticipation and excitement was present when talking about the upcoming regular season. After being asked how the loss had shaped the team, Kam added the following comment.
“We were faced with many challenges the entire game [against Dominguez Hills]. I am overall happy with how our team kept their composure and finished the game strong. Personally, I feel my game is being taken to the next level due to the players around me always pushing me to be better and of course that energy is reciprocated.”
When a team pushes each other to higher limits and expectations, the best out of every player is demanded, and for Kam and the Saints, this is exactly what they are looking at.
The women’s team will begin GNAC play on Sept. 28 at home against Seattle Pacific. The men’s team has a preseason match at home on Sept. 22 against Lubbock Christian before travelling to Simon Fraser on Oct. 3 to kick off conference play.