For the Rams men’s soccer team, making it to Florida is the goal.Following a tough 3-0 loss to the Cougars and a hard-scrabble game dropped 2-1 against the Yellow Jackets, the Rams are out of the UMAC conference playoffs.This makes them eligible to play in the NCCAA in Florida and possibly win.
Despite their record this season with an overall 11-5-1 and 3-3-1 in UMAC conference, some things just did not line up to make it to Florida. Captains were told that even if they made Florida, financial situations could prevent them from attending.
Senior, midfielder, Ryan Windauer, said he thought this was the best season in program history, and it would be extremely upsetting if they didn’t get to go to FL. According to NCCAA statistics Rams are second seed in the region and if they win the regional tournament, they will qualify for nationals in Kissimmee, Fla. happening Nov. 16-19.
The ongoing question about NCCAA nationals is happening after the Oct. 28 game, the last UMAC game of the season, where the men played the Wisconsin Superior Yellow Jackets. The Rams lost 2-1, but kept the Yellow Jackets on their toes. Though there was tension at times with some pushing happening on the field, the teams played fair with no penalties on either side.
Gio Rodriguez and Ryan Wisdom each scored in the first half for UW Superior. The Yellow Jackets’ record is trouncing the competition, buzzing to 11-7-0. In the UMAC, they are 6-1-0. Isaac Smith, sophomore midfielder for the Rams, scored an exciting goal toward the end of the first half.
The road to Florida is still underway. The Rams will play in regionals on Nov. 4 in Iowa.