IUPUI Men’s Soccer finished 7-7-6, ranking third in the Horizon League, and went to the Horizon League championship for the first time in school history, eventually losing 3-0 to the one seeded Cleveland State.
Josemir Gomez, who played a critical role on the IUPUI Men’s soccer team was appreciative of this year’s season.
“From last year, we were supposed to get tenth, this year we got third place, and then made it to the tournament and got second place. It feels good, it sucks we got questioned by the Horizon League, we wanted to prove our point, it is excited,” Gomez said
First year Head Coach Sid Van Druen, has led the team in a successful way. In his first year he coached the jags team all the way to their first Horizon League Championship game.
Gomez reflects on Sid Van Druen's first year of coaching.
“He had a big impact, he has something to do with our success. He is really strict with what we do. During practice he wants to get the best out of us, we play as we practice. If we do something wrong in practice, he is definitely going to point it out. That it is really helpful for the team. He has been really good,”
Gomez was coming off an injury from the 2021-2022 season. He wanted to contribute to the team this season.
“To be honest at the beginning of the season, I just wanted to do something. I never was really expecting to go and get freshman of the year. I wanted to just work as a team and to win things with the team,” Gomez said.
Gomez did that in a big way this season, winning Horizon League Freshman of the year. He helped lead the Jaguars to their Horizon League Championship game for the first time in school history.
“I never was expecting to win the award, and I am really proud of it. The goal is to get offensive player of the year, but also make it to the tournament and eventually the NCAA tournament,” Gomez said.
For this season’s ranking’s, IUPUI was ranked tenth and now the bar has been set high for Gomez and the rest of the returning players and coaches.
“Big expectations now, if we get fifth place next year then that will be a bad year, a down year,” Gomez stated.
Next season the Jaguars will look to be on the top of the Horizon League and get to the NCAA Tournament.