Euts End Inaugural Season at .500

Armin Duderija

Armin Duderija dribbles past a 
Concordia player.
Photo by Pam Keeven.

After a win at Lincoln Christian University on Oct. 4, the Eutectic men’s soccer team was 3-5 and looking to find a winning season with three games left. The following game at Harris-Stowe State University on Oc.t 16, added to the Eutectic Loss column (4-0), but a last minute game against Logan College of Chiropractic was added to the schedule allowing the possibility of a .500 season. Head Coach Jack Jamieson made it the team goal to win the last three games of the season.

The first of those three was a home game against Concordia Seminary on Oct. 21. After obtaining a 3-0 lead by half-time, the Euts let the Preachers back in the game by allowing three Concordia goals. But, a second-half goal by first-year forward Naphtali Eke (assisted by third-year mid-fielder TJ Jamieson) allowed the Euts to hold on to the victory, 4-3.

The following night, with a 4-6 record, the Euts hosted the Logan Llamas. After fifteen minutes, second-year forward Nathan Laramie scored on a cross from second-year mid-fielder Armin Duderija, who scored on his own, later in the half. Duderija again found the net in the second half, along with Jamieson, to bring the score to 4-0, Eutectics. First-year goalkeeper Aaron Hohenstein made seven saves for the Euts, allowing the Llamas only one goal with 20 minutes left. The Euts claimed the victory, 4-1. Coach Jamieson called it a “very good win” for the St. Louis College of Pharmacy team.

“When the game started, I didn’t think we would come away with a victory,” he said. “We chased them for a while and finally figured it out. After about 10 minutes, we settled in and played what I think might have been the most consistent and best ‘two halves’ all season.”

Now 5-6, the Euts faced Lincoln Christian once more, this time on their home field on Oct. 25, for their final game of the season. The Euts scored two in the first half, with goals by Laramie (assisted by Jamieson) and Duderija (assisted by Laramie), while the Red Lions remained scoreless. Laramie kicked in another goal in the second half with 24 minutes left. Up 3-0 at that point, the Eutectics would not score again, but two shots from the Red Lions found their way past Hohenstein – the final one just six minutes before the buzzer. The Euts held on for the win, 3-2, allowing the team to achieve its goal of a 6-6 record for the season.

Coach Jamieson seems content with a .500 first-year record – an impressive feat for a new team at St. Louis College of Pharmacy. He’s already excitedly looking ahead to the future.

“We have the nucleus for some positive things for next season.”

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