Lopes find silver linings amid defeat
By: Maria Adams/GCU Club Sports Writing Staff
It’s all about the big picture.
Grand Canyon University Men’s Club Soccer’s Team Purple and Team Black both fell to FC Congo Wednesday night at Colter Fields on the GCU Campus. Despite GCU Purple’s 5-4 defeat and GCU Black’s 4-2 loss, both teams reveled in the improvements made during a year of limited play.
FC Congo 5, GCU Purple 4
GCU’s offense came out firing, and it showed as they tallied three goals early on to take a 3-1 halftime lead and all the momentum.
The Lopes couldn’t carry that same energy into the second half.
“We let down our guard and gave up three goals within the first 15 minutes of the second half,” said Lopes’ senior Matt Pierce. “That really put us on our heels.”
The Lopes pushed past their second-half-woes and put one more goal on the scoreboard to tie it at 4-4, but FC Congo’s goal in the final minutes captured the win.
It was a tough way to end the season, but the Lopes were just thankful they had one.
“Not many club soccer programs were able to play this past year,” said Pierce. “We were lucky enough to get some playing in and make huge strides.”
FC Congo 4, GCU Black 2
FC Congo gave the Lopes trouble early on with two goals. The Lopes managed to cut the deficit to 2-1 at halftime but got no closer.
In the final ten minutes of the game, GCU’s Silas Best was slide tackled in the penalty area. Just as Best was about to convert his penalty kick, he turned to Lopes’ senior Chase Bowen.
“You should take the kick,” said Best. “It’s your last game.”
Bowen took the penalty kick, scored one last goal to end his career as a Lope, and afterwards, focused on an entire season of growth.
“Everyone is really proud of how far we’ve come,” said Bowen. “We were always less focused on wins and losses and more on team chemistry and improvements.”
Interested in joining GCU Men’s Club Soccer? Contact Head Coach Petar Draksin!