Senior midfielder Chris Markey led the men’s soccer team to a 2-1 win, marking its second regular season victory in a row on Sept. 17 with a game-winning kick against Central Arkansas. The team now stands 3-4-1.
At the beginning of the season, the team captain set the goal of playing well in every game, with the hopes of landing a Summit League Conference tournament.
Markey is eager to play in an NCAA tournament game and will do whatever it takes to make that a reality.
Forced to redshirt last season due to injury, Markey explained how hard it was to watch his teammates of the last four years go out and play their senior seasons without him.
Markey said he had a good year before the injury and wants to pick up where he left off.
This season, his focus is on improving every day and building on his established momentum.
To improve, Markey’s main area of focus is communication on the field.
He feels communicating is especially important this year with the many new faces on the team. As one of the team’s senior returners, Markey feels it is paramount to help the new players transition.
“I want to talk a lot more and help the younger guys to know what they’re doing and figure out what they should do better,” he said.
Markey said he believes the team’s chemistry has gotten a lot better.
“It was a little rough in the beginning,” he said. “Everyone likes each other a lot, so that has never been a problem. It’s just playing on the field together and I think we’re getting a lot more used to it.”
Markey is passionate about his team, and enjoys bonding with the other players.
When asked what he enjoys about his team the most, Markey said, “Just being with the team. The road trips are always fun and a way to build chemistry as well.”
Markey named Liverpool’s star midfielder Steven Gerrard as one of his biggest idols and model for success on the field.
“He scores amazing goals and really tackles hard and is someone I enjoy watching,” he said.
Markey, an Alabama native, was also elated that his former high school, Oak Mountain in Birmingham, had won the state title in May.
During his high school career, Markey played alongside his brother, and both boys had the distinction of winning a state title there together.
Now with three wins under his belt this season, Markey is optimistic about the progress his team has made.
For him, the satisfaction is seeing his hard work starting to pay off.