men’s soccer

Men’s soccer overcomes penalty kick pressure

By Marisa Strawn |

If having the pressure on your shoulders to host the NCAA Division II Championship soccer games at home field is not enough, adding pressure of going into penalty kicks with one of the top teams in that conference can be overwhelming. This is exactly what happened to the Flagler College men’s soccer team.

Due to their winning record within the Peach Belt Conference, the men found themselves hosting the championship tournament at home, with each game being an elimination round. This is extremely stressful for a team, knowing that the game they are currently playing, could be their seniors last game as collegiate athletes.

Saints rout Cougars, 7-1

By Eric Albury |
Photo by Eric Albury

The Saints set off a bombardment of offensive scoring against the Saint Xavier University Cougars on Thursday, October 13, bringing the final score to 7-1.

Seven goals are the most scored by the Saints since September 2, 2006 against Brewton-Parker College. Flagler scored 8-0 in that game.

Men’s soccer team beats Francis Marion

By Jeremy Petty |

The Flagler College men’s soccer team played Francis Marion Saturday night, even though Francis Marion didn’t seem to do much playing at all. Flagler dominated the competition early and from the first few minutes of the game, Flagler seemed to overwhelm their opponent.

Men’s soccer team defeats Wingate

By Eric Albury |
Photo by Dyann Busse

The Flagler College Saints bullied their way to a 4-0 victory over the Wingate University Bulldogs, marking the second scoreless game in the past two meetings of the teams.

Zach Shanahan opened up the floodgates, scoring his first goal for the season with a pass from Johan Bergfeld from the middle.

Men’s soccer team ready to shine

By Jaycob Ammerman |

After being the preseason favorites and having an impressive 14-win season last year, the Flagler College men’s soccer team experienced a devastating loss in the Peach Belt Conference Championship game to the Falcons of Montevallo and a season ending loss to Clayton State in the NCAA D2 Tournament.

Men’s Soccer ranked in top 25

By Keith Hayes II |

Head coach John Lynch of the Flagler men’s soccer team said he likes being ranked in the top-25 of Division-II programs, but it’s the ranking at the end of the season that matters most.

“It is nice getting recognized. Being ranked puts a target on your back,” Lynch said. “I think it brings confidence. We need to learn to cope. What is important is the final rankings. If I wanted to be ranked, I want it to be the final one.”

Foreign soccer players hold alternative summer job

By Mari Pothier |
Photo by Philip C. Sunkel IV

While most students were away from Flagler, Conor Killeen and Adam Jackson spent their summer painting the campus buildings.

Killeen from Dublin, Ireland and Jackson from Nottingham, England, both play for Flagler College men’s soccer team.

Ron Dacko, the painting supervisor to Flagler College, and a few of the men’s soccer players from foreign countries, tackle the job each summer. Dacko said he was getting too old to handle the job all on his own.

New talent expected to fortify mens soccer

By Mari Pothier |
Photos by Phil Sunkel

Head Coach John Lynch is honored that his team has won the Peach Belt Conference, but knows they have a lot of work ahead.

“I think it is a mark of the success we had last year, yet it means absolutely nothing for this year,” Lynch said.

‘Voice of the Saints’ impacts Flagler athletics

By Bo Culkeen |

I remember when I first met Clay Coffman my freshman year. I was sitting in the Lewis lobby watching SportsCenter on the free cable provided by Flagler when Clay and a few other sports fanatics walked in talking about the past Heisman Trophy winners, a Flagler intramural game or just trash talking each other about their favorite college football team. Whatever it was, it involved sports.