Number 1 Team in the Nation Preps for Last Game
Zeriq Lolar, Staff Writer
With fall sports taking its end in the regular season, one team has been shining through it all. Wingate Men’s soccer team has reached the highest honor of ranking #1 in the nation for division 2.
Wingate has a record of 13-0, with only letting their opponents scoring one goal per game. But being ranked number one in the nation is a big task to uphold, “the target gets bigger and bigger the more you move up in the rankings,” Says Junior defender James Scott (Newcastle, Eng.).
With regionals coming right around the corner the Wingate Bulldogs have a big test on October 29th when they face the seventh ranked Tusculum Pioneers in a dog fight. Wingate Midfielder David Fairgrieve (Newcastle, Eng.) says their success comes from their mentality. “Honestly, I think it’s been the team’s mentality of taking every game at a time. It’s important we don’t get ahead of ourselves. We have absolutely everything we need from our coaches to facilities to do well, therefore it’s up to us on the pitch to go do it. We are a massive family, who have each other’s backs and stick together.”
Team captain Callum Ross also had some words that would give his team a sense of peace about the situation, “We have tried to think about it (ranking) as little as possible, at the end of the day its just a number and means nothing if we don’t win trophies. But I suppose it makes teams step their game up against us.”
So from the words of the captain, although the feeling of being ranked number 1 in the US is pretty great. The team must stay strong and motivated in order to bring home the gold. The team is now in preparation mode for their game against Tusculum on October 29th at Wingate.
After the last game comes the preparation for the SAC Tournament. Tournament begins November 1st. Needless to say the pressure is on to maintain the number 1 spot in the nation but Wingate sure can do it.
Edited by: Sara Gunter