Drew men’s soccer played what could be their final two games this week, as they won their final regular season game but lost their playoff opener against the Catholic University of America. The Rangers won their final game at home against the Susquehanna River Hawks. Drew netted two goals, with Aidan Cserhat (‘20) and Nate Race (‘21) accounting for the Rangers scoring. Even though the River Hawks were only held to four shots, they were able to find the back of the net once against the usually staunch Drew defense and goalie Jason Adamo (‘20).
The Rangers had already secured their spot in the Landmark Conference Playoffs, and with the season completed they were set to face off against conference rival, the Catholic University Cardinals. The Rangers went down to D.C. seeking to repeat their Landmark Conference dominance, this time entering the playoffs towards the bottom of the bracket instead of their previous place at the top. Unfortunately, a repeat was not in the cards for the Rangers as they fell to the Cardinals by a score of 2-1. The Cardinals struck first as Nelson Zimmerman found the back of the net in minute 24 to open up the scoring. The Rangers would respond with a goal from Ian Sawicki (‘20) in minute 38, but would be blanked from there on out. The score stayed tied until Catholic broke through with a goal in the 68 minute, and although the Rangers outshot the Cardinals, they failed to find the net for the rest of the night.
Thus ends the Rangers season and although it is comparatively disappointing considering last years results, making the conference playoffs is still a great accomplishment. The team is awaiting to see if they are selected for ECAC playoffs; the bracket comes out on Monday, Nov. 5 and play opens Nov. 10. Coach Lenny Armuth’s team will now prepare for next season, and the seniors will depart Drew having put the Forest on the map with last year’s Conference Championship and magical run through the NCAA tournament.