Ryne Oshiro, Staff Writer
Two words: Brandon Madsen. The men’s soccer team has been strong this year thanks to their leader, Madsen. Looking at the accolades he has accomplished in his time at Saint Martin’s, you will see why he was poised to lead the Saints in his final season. According to SMU Athletics, his accomplishments include being named 2018 United Soccer Coaches Third Team All-Region, 2018 Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) First Team All-Conference, 2018 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Google Cloud Academic All-District Team, 2018 GNAC All-Academic Team, 2017-18 Saint Martin’s Male Athlete of the Year, 2017 Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) Second Team All-West Region Team, 2017 GNAC Newcomer of the Year, 2017 GNAC First Team All-Conference, four-time GNAC Player of the Week, and two-time Saint of the Month. This is an impressive list of accolades for someone who has only played two full seasons in a Saints uniform.
In his past two years, Madsen has a total of 60 shots on goal, 29 goals, and five assists.
This season, he has scored 12 goals with two assists through 13 games. In soccer, goals may be hard to come by, but for Madsen, they seem to come easy.
According to SMU Athletics, “Madsen could not be stopped in the last week of September by three different teams. The senior, a week after breaking the school record for most goals scored in a career, added another six in the three matches. For his efforts, Madsen was named the GNAC Athlete of the Week. Madsen started the week off by scoring two goals against Academy of Art, leading Saint Martin’s to a 2-0 victory. On Saturday, he followed up with another two-goal performance in the Saints’ 3-1 victory over Stanislaus State. Madsen closed out the week with his third multi-goal performance, adding his final two goals against Lubbock Christian as Saint Martin’s capped off a perfect week.”
For Madsen, the award marked the fifth GNAC Athlete of the Week in his career, and his first of 2019.
Two other men’s soccer players that have been making noise are Jason Fairhurst and Oscar Aguilar. Fairhurst has scored four goals and four assists, while Aguilar has scored four goals and three assists. They have combined for a total of 21 shots on goal, which is tied for Madsen’s total at the time of this article’s publication. Both are juniors and look to take the reins of this team after the graduation of Madsen. Aguilar was named Saint of the Week following his two goal performance in a comeback victory for the Saints over Concordia. This team has a total of six conference games left on their schedule and are currently sitting in fifth place in the standings. The Saints look to continue to build momentum as they head toward the end of their season, hoping to make the playoffs.