By: Matthias Baudinet
Today (September 7th, 2014), the Green Mountain College men’s soccer team won its first game of the season against Southern Vermont College. The match took place on the banks of the Poultney river on a wonderful, sunny Sunday afternoon. Coming off a series of two defeats last weekend at the Norwich Invitational Tournament, the men’s team really needed a win to get their season going, and to built some momentum before clashing with their conference rivals.
The game was intense, entertaining, close, and beautiful. Being a spectator during the game, I can honestly say that the boys really played their hearts out to get this win. After losing to Southern Vermont last year, the men’s team got revenge for that lost, and also got their first win. The stands were filled with GMC fans. Indeed, the crowd during the game played an important role in supporting and encouraging our eagles all throughout the 90 minutes.
The boys did really well in the first half, scoring two great goals before the half-time whistle. The early dominance was great to watch from a spectator’s point of view, but that eventually tired some of our players. Going into the second half, GMC took their foot off the pedal and paved the way for Southern Vermont to score two goals and bring the game to a draw at the 74th minute. Again, with the help of the wonderful supporters however, the Eagles soared back from those two concessions, and scored a third goal through junior Dylan Rainbolt. Once that goal crossed the goal line, all the fans on the sideline were on their feet!
The newly recruited freshmen played a crucial role in the overall performance of the Eagles. These new recruits have meshed themselves with the veteran players and have constructed a style of play that is beautiful and appealing to the eye. Indeed, our boys put on a great show for us this afternoon. Even Vice-President of Student Life, Joe Petrick was there alongside GMC students, screaming and encouraging our players.
The Eagles will now face Fisher College this coming Wednesday. Though this is another non-conference match-up, it is a home game, and our players will need the same support and encouragement that we gave them today in order to come out of that game with a W. Bring yourselves and your friends to cheer on our Eagles Wednesday, September 10th at 4pm!