For the first time in program history, the Goucher Men’s Soccer team made it to the Landmark Conference tournament. Since Goucher joined the Landmark Conference in 2007, the Men’s soccer team has had yet to make a post-season appearance. That all changed this season when the team produced a record of 8-6-3 and a conference record of 3-3-2, which was good enough to get them the fourth and final seed in the tournament. Coach Laut, the Gophers head coach said, “Making the Landmark playoffs for the first time was extremely special for our group. It legitimizes our winning record over the past two years while also proving to us as a group that we are capable of reaching our goals and even more.”
The men were matched up against the top seed, The Catholic University, Cardinals, in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, November 5. Catholic scored the first goal of the game in the second half, but with just over three minutes left, Goucher’s Lashaw Salta ’15 tied the game with an unassisted goal. It was a hard fought and highly competitive matchup that sustained a 1-1 score through two overtimes. Finally, Catholic defeated the Gophers in penalty kicks. The shootout ended in a 7-6 score, crowning the Cardinals as the winners and propelling them to the championship round of the tournament.
For senior, Nate Margolis ’15, participating in the post season tournament was a huge highlight. He stated, “it was the most rewarding experience I have had through soccer. We worked for four years to build a team that was strong enough to make it to the playoffs and I felt like it was the culmination of, not only my own, but the coaches and the rest of the team’s work to achieve that goal.”
Many individuals on the team, including Margolis, were recognized by the conference and award All-Landmark recognition, a roster made up of the top players in the conference. Margolis, Tate Becker ’17, and Lashaw Salta ’15 were selected as 2nd team All-Landmark. One of this season’s top goals scorers Brandon Weiner ’15 landed on the 1st team of the All-Landmark squad.
Coach Laut, in his fifth season as head coach, was named Landmark Coach of the Year. Coach Laut says that three things produced their thrilling, record book season, “Every member of our team competed hard, believed in each other, and cared. They pushed each other when others would give up and were rewarded with some amazing and inspiring performances.”
Prior to 2007, the team was a member of the Capital Athletic Conference, and in the past 26 seasons, the men’s soccer team has produced four winning seasons; the last two seasons, the team has been above .500.