Metro readies for the RMAC Tournament
On October 31, the Metro State men’s soccer team will open up Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament play against Fort Lewis at 2:30pm. Metro will be the three seed in the tournament and FLC will be the six seed in the tournament. Fort Lewis men’s soccer team is the defending Division II National Champions.
What are the implications for this game? I asked head coach Ken Parsons about this.
“One and you’re done. That’s simple as that. Obviously we would like to continue playing. The maximum amount of games we’re going to get for the remainder of the season is three,” Parsons said. “With the slimmest of chances of making the NCAA [Tournament]. I think at this point, we resigned ourselves to the fact that we can play three more games this year. RMAC championship would be a nice way to cap off the season.”
Last time Metro played Fort Lewis, the Roadrunners came out on with a 1-0 OT victory on September 28. What kind of things did Fort Lewis learn from the last time they played Metro?
“It seems like such a long time ago since we played Fort Lewis. I’m sure that we’re two different types of teams,” Parsons said. “Obviously, I’ve always said that when you lose games, you’re going to learn a lot more. I’m probably sure that they’re going to be a much different team than what we saw the first time we played them. I’m sure they’re going to be a much different team. It’s going to be a hard fought battle as it normally is between Fort Lewis and Metro.”
How does it feel to host the first round of the RMAC Tournament?
“We hosted last year. Considering where we were at probably at the beginning of the season,” Parsons said. “Then most recently, as of two and a half weeks ago, we were sitting in the six spot. To move from the six spot to the three spot, was a result of good play in the month of October. Good play in the month of October put us in position to where we’re hosting. I think as of two weeks ago we were going to be taking the last spot in the [RMAC] Tournament.
Hypothetically, if the Runners are able to beat Fort Lewis, they will next play on Friday November 2 at Colorado School of Mines.
The next blog will focus on what happened in the RMAC Tournament for the Runners.