SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – The Lawrence Technological (Mich.) University men's soccer team had a busy start to 2019. The Blue Devils started earlier this year as they began training towards the end of January due to being given the opportunity to play four great soccer programs this spring: Western Michigan University, Davenport (Mich.) University, Oakland (Mich.) University and Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) University.
"We are very thankful and honored to play against two NCAA Division One programs and two NCAA Division Two programs in the state of Michigan. In order to continue our development and compete in our conference, we needed to be challenged and improve our play, playing these four schools allowed that.
"Many thanks to Coach Wiseman (WMU), Coach Hughes (DU), Coach Pogue (OU) and Coach Barrow (SVSU) for scheduling us. Not only are they some of the best coaches in the state but oversee 4 of the best programs in the state of Michigan" said Lawrence Tech Head Coach Will Dyer
Against Western Michigan, LTU played inside the Seeley Athletic Center where they played two games starting with Western Michigan followed by Davenport. The games at WMU due to field size were 9v9 but a great way to kick the spring off after only two weeks of training. A back and forth battle led to WMU winning, however Lawrence Tech had a pair of goals by freshman Tavin Ardell.
Against DU, mostly reserve and some first team bench players played allowing the coaching staff to evaluate any players who are ready to make the move to first team, the Blue Devils did finish with a pair of goals by Jaccob Sooy and Freshman Sean Humphries.
Lawrence Tech then travelled to play Oakland University where the Blue Devils struck first with a goal by freshman Alvaro Merino, then OU took the lead right before half time 2-1. In the 2nd half, Jaccob Sooy tied it up before both teams unloaded their benches which allowed both teams to look at players they normally don't get to see much of in matches.
"Very grateful for Coach Pogue giving us the opportunity to play his squad, they are a very well coached team that will be going far next year. We were able to try a few different things and really liked what we saw from that as well as seeing our bench play and who is going to be able to contribute and such," said Dyer.
The last spring game was held at Ultimate Soccer Arena vs. Saginaw Valley State which finished scoreless. A very physical battle, where both teams had opportunities to score but failed to do so. "We were happy with the chances we had, but felt we could have been more energetic throughtout the game. We need to finish those chances and need to attack each game relentlessly." said Dyer.
The Blue Devils will be back next fall with their first home game Wednesday September 11th 2019, 7 pm kick off vs. Spring Arbor University.