Park’s men’s and women’s soccer kick off their seasons

Men’s soccer began the season with a 3-0 home field win against Ottawa University on Sept. 11. Senior forward Mohamed Ndaliro came out with the first goal of the game, with a perfect set up by senior midfielder Rama Emeka Aniakor. The two scored again, leaving it 2-0 before half time. In the second half, senior midfielder Daniel Araya scored the final goal of the game.

The Pirates came out a few days later to collect a win over No. 1 ranked Missouri Valley College, pulling out a victory, 2-1, in overtime.

The next two games were not in favor of the Pirates. The men’s team tied with Clark University in double overtime, and later on that week, had a loss of 3-0 against MidAmerica Nazarene University. However, Park then had a victory over Graceland University in double overtime for a 2-1 win.

The men’s team stands at 3-1-1 for the season, but Park’s women’s soccer has had a tougher time.

Senior Lenvix Ochieng kicks the ball down Julian Field.
Dale Grosbach

The Pirate’s first game of the season, against William Woods University, was canceled. They played their second game against University of St. Mary, yet tied 1-1 in double overtime. Next came another canceled game, this time against Ottawa University.

Finally, on Sept. 14, the Pirates were able to continue their season with a match up against Missouri Valley College. However, the Vikings beat the Pirates, 4-1.

The next three games for the Pirates were not successful either. Clarke University won 3-0, MidAmerica Nazarene took the win 2-1, and Graceland University won 2-1 in double overtime against Park, leaving the Pirates with a record of 0-4-1 for the season.

Park’s women’s soccer hopes to turn things around on Julian Field. For the upcoming Homecoming weekend, the women’s team will face Mount Mercy University on Saturday. Oct. 2 at noon. Park’s men’s soccer will play after, also facing Mount Mercy, at 2:30 p.m. The two teams hope to bring home two victories for the Homecoming weekend at Park.