A lot has happened in the past 50 years. There have been nine different Presidents, the Cold War ended, and the invention of the Internet changed the world forever. Men’s soccer coach Horst Richardson has been here for all of it. This year marks his 50th consecutive season as the men’s Head Coach.
Over the past 50 seasons, Richardson has amassed an impressive resume, recording 552 victories, 300 defeats, and 69 ties. He has led the Tigers to 19 NCAA playoffs berths and memorably took the 1992 men’s team, led by All-American and NCAA Division III Player of the Year Patrick McGinnis, all the way to the Final Four.
Richardson’s teams have showed no signs of slowing down. The Tigers have had a winning record for the past three years and a memorable NCAA tournament appearance in 2012.
The Tigers got their season started this past weekend with a 3-2 loss to Occidental College. “It’s tough to stomach a loss to a team that went 2-14 last year, but their goalkeeper stood on his head, and we had some first-game jitters that led to some critical mistakes and missed opportunities,” said junior goalkeeper Ian Horne.
The game was a close affair, and the Tigers had many chances to tie the game after conceding the third goal. The Tigers then rebounded with a 2-0 victory against Mary Hardin-Baylor with goals from co-captains junior Max Grossenbacher and senior Andrew Worthington propelling them to the shutout victory.
The gulf in class between the two teams was evident from the beginning, and the result was well deserved for the Tigers. The Tigers now look to build on that win this Friday at 2 p.m. at Washburn Field against George Fox University.