Men’s soccer looks to end season with win against rival

Tyler Thomas, Correspondent

The Wilkes men’s soccer team (5-9, 1-4) will be looking to close out its 2012 season with a win over King’s College in the big rivalry game Oct. 27.

The matchup will be at 7:30 p.m. on King’s home turf in Wilkes-Barre. The Monarchs (10-3-1, 4-1) are sitting in second place in the Freedom Conference.

Traveling on the road has appeared to be an issue for the Colonels thus far this season as they have not been able to win an away game in five attempts.

“It’s not the problem of our team playing on the road, but the opponent playing on their home field” said head coach Phil Wingert. “Most teams prefer to play at home because it’s perceived as an advantage.

“We’ve played at opponents’ tournaments, homecoming, family day celebrations and senior recognitions, which provides the home team with additional incentive and motivation, playing in front of family, friends, alumni and former players from the program,” Wingert said. “Regardless of the venue or opponent, the team continues to put forth its best effort.”

The Colonels leading scorer this season has been senior midfielder, Joe Brennan. Brennan has been responsible for 16 points thus far. For the Monarchs, their primary scorer has been a freshman forward Daniel Hernandez, whose 18 total points is good for fifth in the Freedom Conference.

Last season, King’s won an intense, low-scoring game, 1-0. A late goal propelled the Monarchs to victory in a very disappointing loss for the Colonels.

“We are really looking forward to ending the season on a good note,” said Geoffrey Arentz, junior defender. “This year’s record doesn’t show how strong of a team we are. To end the season with a win against our rivals would be the strong finish the team deserves.”