Columbia College men's soccer in 'fight for postseason positioning'

Thursday, October 24, 2013 | 9:11 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — After boasting a nine-game undefeated streak earlier in the season, the Columbia College men's soccer team has lost its latest three matches, all of them by one-goal margins. 

"What we're in right now is just a fight for postseason positioning," Columbia head coach John Klein said. "Every game is a battle, and we're not scoring lately."

Columbia (9-5-3, 6-1-2) has been shut out in two straight games, and Klein is looking for his players to step up in the final match of the regular season at conference foe Hannibal-LaGrange on Saturday. 

"We're playing good soccer, we possess it well, but we're just not quite getting it behind the defense," Klein said. "We've got to stay positive and be more aggressive going to goal."

Klein also urged his team to be more positive after falling behind.

"Teams get down, but I think they're capable," Klein said. "It's important for us to continue to fight." 

The Cougars could have quite a fight on their hands at Hannibal. The game will decide who takes home the regular-season conference title. Columbia, Hannibal and Park are all neck and neck, though Park has a game at hand.

"We still have an opportunity to win the conference," Klein said.

The team needs to play Saturday's game like it's a conference championship, he said.

Klein said Saturday's result will be important for his team's morale heading into the playoffs. 

"We got to find a way to win a soccer game. You've got to have some confidence going into postseason," Klein said.

Supervising editor is Sasu Siegelbaum.

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