by Okay Karan
After defeating Carthage at home with a resounding 4-0 win, North Park Men’s Soccer stands as the CCIW Tournament Champions. The already impressive season is continuing as the team has emerged as a solid contender for becoming National Champions. The conference win comes for the first time since 2010 and the fourth time in program history and thus North Park has an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. As of right now the team is on a 17-game unbeaten streak after only suffering a 2-2 draw against Carthage in recent games; after shutting down the same team this weekend with 4-0 confidence is high in fans and players. After finishing the conference games, North Park stands as one of the most offensively effective teams in the nation. With 55 goals in 19 games, the team currently has a 2,89 goals per game average reaching almost a three goal per game average. As it stands, North Park is currently ranked 8th in the nation, but is aiming for far more than that.
North Park Women’s Soccer suffered a tough loss in their final game of the season against Elmhurst. Perhaps the team was affected by them having lost any chances of advancing in the earlier games as a tough 5-0 loss was evident after the last whistle. Although the team had 13 shots in total and 8 on goal, Elmhurst were highly effective as half of their shots on goal went into the net. North Park thus finishes the season with a 6-11-1 record in a season that had ups and downs but showed improvement from last season. It is unclear what we can expect next season from this team but the fact that the team is improving season by season cannot be debated. If next season is the season of advancement in the conference stands to be seen.
Senior Day festivities were big in this weekends’ Football match between North Park University Vikings and the visitors of Caroll University. A confident 37-6 win ended a good day of football in which the great atmosphere overshadowed the bad weather and boosted the team to its third win of the season. North Park started off the game incredibly by leading the first half of the game with a remarkable score of 23-0. Finally the game ended with a 31-point point difference and North Park handed Caroll their eighth loss of the season. As it stands the Vikings have a 3-6 record on the year and 2-5 in conference. Their final game of the year will be against Carthage College.
The Vikings beat North Central with 3-0 in their final game of the season. The win marks the end of a season that brings excitement and hope for a growing team. While finishing 5th overall in conference play with a 16-14 record, the 3-5 record in conference ties a program-best three wins. With the team showing great potential during the season it is time for them to elevate into a winning team for next season, with them already having an overall winning record, it is time for this to be reflected in the conference games.