In Our August, 2017 Issue:

Sidelines to sports team: Soccer back on campus

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Metro State Soccer Club members practice shooting and goal-tending at McMurray Fields in St. Paul on June 3, 2017.

On a Sat­ur­day after­noon in June, Metro State soc­cer play­ers gath­ered on the field for their first sum­mer prac­tice. Team mem­bers turned in the required par­tic­i­pa­tion forms and received their red and blue jer­seys. They were eager to play.

For the play­ers, it was a chance to return to their roots. Most of them had soc­cer back­grounds. Some had played high school var­sity soc­cer. One woman remem­bered her days as a mem­ber of the St. Paul Black­hawks Soc­cer Club. Now, as mem­bers of the Metro State Soc­cer Club, they could show off their skills again

Emmanuel Adeni­ran, a Finance and Eco­nom­ics major, became pres­i­dent of the Metro State Soc­cer Club in fall 2016. He wanted to build on the work of pre­vi­ous club lead­ers. With guid­ance from staff advi­sor Robert Boos, the club revised their bylaws and made new plans. Adeni­ran acknowl­edges the con­sid­er­able sup­port of the Uni­ver­sity Activ­i­ties Board to keep the club going. “It is one of the first ath­letic pro­grams. They want it to do well,” he said

As they look for­ward to the fall 2017 sea­son, the club wants to expand its coed ros­ter. “It’s a chal­lenge find­ing more female play­ers,” said Adeni­ran. He is aim­ing to assem­ble a com­pet­i­tive team. “We don’t want this to be mediocre.”

Metro State Red Squir­rels
(Record 12 as of July 23)

Aug. 6: 4:25 p.m. vs. The Real Bor­ra­chos F

Aug. 13: 3:30 p.m. vs. Pagliacc

Aug. 20: 12:45 p.m. vs. Secret Sun­day Lover

Post­sea­son games run from Aug. 27 to Sept. 1

Metro State Blue Ox
(Record 03 as of July 23)

Aug. 6: 2:35 p.m. vs. Pagliacc

Aug. 13: 4:25 p.m. vs. Doughballer

Aug. 20: 1:40 p.m. vs. Green Mamba

Post­sea­son games run from Aug. 27 to Sept. 1

Although the club appre­ci­ates expe­ri­enced play­ers, they are seek­ing any stu­dent who wants to play soc­cer. Above all else, they value play­ers who show ded­i­ca­tion. “Some stu­dents arrive early. Some stu­dents are not con­sis­tent,” said Adeni­ran. Team mem­bers must attend three of five sched­uled prac­tices each sea­son, and play in the sched­uled league games on Sundays

The club prac­tices at McMur­ray Ath­letic Fields, near Como Park in St. Paul. Games take place at Holy Angels Sta­dium in Minneapolis.

This sum­mer, the Metro State Soc­cer Club has two teams com­pet­ing in league play. These teams are the Metro State Blue Ox (blue jer­seys) and the Metro State Red Squir­rels (red jer­seys). Each team has at least 12 stu­dents. The two teams will take part in a nine-​game sea­son and com­pete against clubs such as Chee­rios and Rogue Squadron

The Metro State Soc­cer Club arranges their league games through the Cities Sports Con­nec­tion (CSC). In addi­tion to soc­cer, CSC offers adult leagues for bas­ket­ball, bowl­ing, broom­ball, kick­ball, soft­ball, touch foot­ball and volleyball.

On June 24, the club attended a Major League Soc­cer match between Min­nesota United FC and the Van­cou­ver White­caps FC. They were among 19,017 fans chant­ing “M-​N-​UFC!” The club plans to pur­chase tick­ets for two Min­nesota United matches each year, and offer them at a dis­counted price to Metro State stu­dents. “Stu­dents can bring guests and fam­ily. We also meet play­ers before the game,”said Adeniran.

Club mem­bers also want to explore career oppor­tu­ni­ties in pro­fes­sional soc­cer and sports man­age­ment. “Hope to have net­work­ing events and meet peo­ple in soc­cer. We would like to take a tour of Min­nesota United head­quar­ters,” said advi­sor Robert Boos