Men’s soccer team looks for momentum

The University of Detroit Mercy men’s soccer season started with a 2-2 tie against Jacksonville Univer- sity. That game would be a sign of things to come.

The Titans have a disappointing 2-5-4 record with six games remaining. However, it won its latest matchup over the weekend and three of its losses have been by one goal, with two blowout losses coming against nationally-ranked UNC Charlotte and undefeated Western Michigan.

Nick Lulaj, a defender for the Titans and recent transfer from Rochester University, said the team has faced a number of injuries this year.

“That made difficult lineup changes to the starting 11,” he said. “Although we have had some tough competition, we should be beating some of the teams we tied or lost too, through outperforming most of them. Combine losses and injuries, and that has been our biggest challenge this season.”

The team is hoping it can build some momentum during the final part of the year.

“I think we have a very talented team and although we haven’t gotten the results we wanted, I am optimistic for the rest of the season because of how much talent is in our squad,” said Liam Spratt, a redshirt junior. “The Horizon league is looking a lot more competitive this year where every game is tough, and every win must be earned.”
Rocco Galati, a senior midfielder, said the team’s record does not match with what he knows they can be.

“The team chemistry has been one of the best I have seen throughout the time I have been here,” he said. “That being said, there is a lot of unfinished business we will need to take care of to reach our goals of winning the Horizon League, and proceed further into the NCAA Tournament. This is a realistic goal with the team we have, but it must be believed by everyone. We have positive leaders and coaches who will lead us in the right direction.”