QU Soccer teams kick off the season

By Sharadyn Janssen

After patiently waiting, Quincy University’s Men’s and Women’s Soccer Hawks finally get to play again. The teams were eager to play an actual game this season after waiting and practicing for months.

Madeline Bauer, QU senior, explains that since last season, they have waited 481 days to finally play again.

Quincy University has also gone through a lot of work to let the teams play safely.

Athletes get tested every two weeks to prevent the possibility of spreading COVID-19 among teammates. Masks are also required on the sidelines, but players do not have to wear them while playing.

The QU teams had the opportunity to scrimmage each other this past fall, while some other college teams weren’t allowed to do so.

“We knew going into the fall semester that we wouldn’t have any real games until spring, but despite that, everyone on the team has kept a positive attitude everyday. Now that the season is finally here, we’re ready to show how much we’ve actually progressed and exactly how well we have prepared for what’s ahead,” Aubrey Reis, QU senior, said.

Both the women’s and men’s teams finally played their first soccer game of the season on Friday, February 26, 2021.

The women played at 2:30 p.m at the Maryville University soccer field. They went into double overtime and ended up tying 0-0.

“I’m so excited that I am actually able to play for my senior year and have the best experience possible with my team. I seriously forgot what that rush felt like,” Bauer said.

The men played at 12 p.m. at the Maryville University soccer field. The Hawks lost 3-1.

“It’s definitely different with the virus and restrictions and all but its really great to be out there with my team again,” Cole Hayes, QU senior, said.

On Saturday at 6 p.m., the women’s team loaded up on the bus and left for St. Charles. They stayed overnight at the Drury Plaza Hotel.

Both the men’s and women’s teams played again on Sunday, February 28, 2021, at Lindenwood University. The men’s team rode to St. Charles on Sunday because their game was later than the women’s game.

The women played at 12 p.m and ended up losing to Lindenwood with a score of 1-0.

The men played at 2:30 p.m. QU beat Lindenwood, with an end score of 2-0.

“I think we really picked up our game defensively against Lindenwood. Heading into our first home game, we’ll look to keep it tight at the back again and hopefully be more clinical,” Joel Mcilroy, QU senior, said. “I’m really excited for the rest of the season because I feel like we have the potential to do very well as long as we mentally prepare for each game.”

The QU soccer teams both share the same goal this season: to make it to the GLVC Tournament Championship in April.

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