Men’s soccer prepares to take on Indianapolis in GLVC Tournament


Photo by James Tananan Kamnuedkhun

Veteran forward Josh Scholl takes on a Drury defender during a matchup against the Panthers on Oct. 25, 2019.

John Morse, Reporter

After wrapping up the 2021 regular season with a 6-6-3 record, the Lions earned a spot in the GLVC Championship Tournament after missing the playoffs in the 2020 season and will visit the University of Indianapolis on Sunday.

“We’re very excited about making the playoffs,” assistant coach Andrew Hamerlinck said. “It’s our goal every season to make it. I am very proud of the guys and the work they have put in from the past season into this season. We’re focused on Sunday’s game now.”

The past three games resulted in a loss and two draws for the Lions. The GLVC Championship Tournament is win or go home for them, and the players have been practicing and are ready.

“It’s about minimizing the little mistakes on our part,” Hamerlink said. “Cleaning up our touches, winning 50/50 balls, being more aggressive in the middle of the field, and capitalizing on our chances.”

Lindenwood will be meeting the Greyhounds for the second time in less than two weeks with their previous meeting resulting in a 1-1 draw. Senior left back Jose De Gregorio is confident in their ability to learn from the draw and improve.

“We know their strengths, we know their flaws, and our defensive game is strong. We need to focus on scoring the offensive chances that we have,” De Gregorio said.

Preparation has not just been on the practice fields but all around the locker room.

“The locker room is very important for the success of a team,” senior midfielder Andres Gutierrez said, “and I feel we currently have a very united locker room with not just the players but the coaching staff, medical staff, and athletic trainers.”

With attitudes high the Lindenwood men’s soccer team are looking to leave their mark.

“The team is very excited, we have been training our hardest and know we are going to accomplish something,” Gutierrez said.

The will play at Indianapolis at 2:30 p.m. ET. The winner of this game will go on to play the winner of Drury vs. Lewis on Friday, Nov. 12.