Men’s Soccer Shatters Records

Sam Hvidsten

The College of Saint Scholastica men’s soccer team had a record breaking game against Crown College, not only winning, but achieving a shutout. With a score of 5-0, the Saints are one step closer to an undefeated season in UMAC play.

The first half of the game was back and forth until the twenty-sixth minute when senior Kyle Farrar headed the ball into the top left corner of the net. Sophomore Kyle Hewitt assisted, putting the Saints on the scoreboard with an early lead. Only a few minutes had gone by when Farrar completed a pass to sophomore Jonny Harkin who flew the ball in the top left of the net. With only one minute before the end of the half, sophomore Darby Henderson went one-on-one against Crown College’s goalkeeper, scoring the third goal of the game, creating a 3-0 lead for the Saints.

The beginning of the second half was very similar to the beginning of the first. Freshman Armin Bobaric went head-to-head with the goal keeper, sliding the ball past him and recording the fourth goal of the game. Farrar assisted this goal, which broke another record. With sixty-nine goals and forty assists in his career, Farrar is the first player in CSS history to record at least sixty goals and forty assists in a career.

Farrar seemed to be very excited about his new record.

“It’s great to be the first person to do it, especially with the amazing players who have been here before me” he said. “If it wasn’t for those players, I wouldn’t have been put in the types of positions to get the goals and assists I have. Hopefully I can add to them over the next few weeks.”

Farrar’s optimism and teamwork will definitely help them in the upcoming games.

Though this was a huge accomplishment for the Saints, the game was not over yet. It only took three minutes after all the excitement for sophomore Luke Buckton to shoot yet another goal. Many shots were taken, but neither team completed another goal, ending the game as a shutout with a score of 5-0 for the Saints.

Scholastica’s men walked off the field with a lot to be proud of. The Saints have not lost a conference game since October 3, 2009. This win put made the 105th consecutive game won against conference teams. Now that the record is beat, the goal is going to be expanding the accomplishment.

“Going into the next game is very important to us because we want to keep this streak going and stay undefeated in the conference” Hewitt said.

Coach Barry Chastey is already planning ahead for future games. He wants to see this team succeed in their goal.

“At times we move the ball very well and work hard off the ball for each other, but sometimes we don’t see this” Chastey said. “We need to be more consistent.”
With all of the energy and heart combined with the talent on this team, the Saints are going to be very tough to beat. They have a very exciting weekend, facing off against Bethany Lutheran down in Mankato on October 15th. Then, the Saints will host St. Thomas, one of the top 10 teams in the nation.