Season Recap: Quaker Men's Soccer Posted 7-10 Record

A.J. Hawkins '19 (Sommer Fanney '18 Photo)
A.J. Hawkins '19 (Sommer Fanney '18 Photo)

The Guilford College men's soccer team posted a 7-10 overall recorded for the 2018 season. There were a number of highlights for the Quakers during the year.

GC began the year with wins over Huntingdon, LaGrange and Methodist. The 3-0 start matched a program-best. On September 9, Averett University won at Guilford College, 1-0, with a goal in the 83rd minute to halt the winning streak.

On October 9, freshman Victor Jimenez recorded his first college hat trick as Guilford defeated visiting Emory & Henry, 4-0, in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) match. The performance marked the Quakers' first three-goal showing since Matthew Poling '15 tallied three times in a September 2012 win over Shenandoah.

GC closed its non-conference schedule with an impressive 5-2 win over Southern Virginia. Juniors Louis Gozan and Ricky Aguilar both scored one goal and passed for one assist in the victory.

Junior Enrique Gudino and senior A.J. Hawkins both scored their first goals of the season in Guilford's 2-1 ODAC victory over visiting Hampden-Sydney College on October 24. It was a special win for the Quakers on Senior Night. Although Guilford went 2-8 in ODAC matches, two of the defeats were by one goal.

Aguilar notched a team-best 11 points on three goals and five assists for Guilford. Jimenez netted a team-high four goals and had 10 points on the season.

Zach Van Kampen earned the majority of playing time in goal for the Quakers. A sophomore, he posted a 1.91 goals against average, made 82 saves and recorded a .739 save percentage.

Coach Corey Speed's Quakers finished the year on a two-game winning streak and improved five wins over their 2017 total. Speed could return as many as 24 letter winners next year, including the top-five scorers and eight starters from this season's club.