The Cedarville men’s soccer team shut down Davis & Elkins College to claim the G-MAC Championship for the second year in a row.
A large part of the first half featured solid possession from both teams and good defending. Cedarville’s back four played extremely well for the entirety of the contest. Connor Gilmour had the best chance of the first half in the ninth minute. He turned with the ball on his left foot and nearly put one in the lower right corner of the net. The Senators’ goalie had to make an impressive diving save to prevent the score. Another goal opportunity came late in the 28th minute, when defender Jarrett Kersten nearly put a free kick from behind mid-field over the goalie. Another nice save was the only reason Cedarville didn’t get on the board in the first half. Elkins had a few chances throughout, but Cedarville had the better opportunities. The two teams went into halftime tied, 0-0.
In the second half, the Jackets took control and didn’t look back. Connor Scott buried a flying header off a cross from Christian Alexander to put Cedarville up, 1-0. This turned out to be the deciding goal. The Jackets controlled the ball for the majority of the half. They mixed well-placed through balls with streaking outside runs to tire down Elkins’ steady defense. Everyone got involved and the ball never stayed in one spot for too long. The Jackets also had success beating Elkins’ one-on-one defense and consistently beat the Senators’ players off the dribble on the attack.
The 1-0 victory now makes Cedarville back-to-back G-MAC champions.
Byron Brown is a junior global business major and sports reporter for Cedars. He plays for the JV basketball team here at Cedarville. His hobbies include playing sports, exercising, watching sports, eating and watching movies.