Bluejays soccer coach reaches milestone with 200th victory in home opener

An EC men’s soccer player battles for possession at Langhorst Field. File Photo

An EC men’s soccer player battles for possession at Langhorst Field. File Photo

By Brandon DeJesus, Staff Writer

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Dave Di Tomasso, head coach of the Bluejays men’s soccer team, won his 200th career gameat EC on Sept. 1 with the team’s home opening win against the Greenville University Panthers at Langhorst Field. 

The team earned their 2-0 victory after senior goalkeeper Nick King recorded his first shutout of the season, stopping all three shots he faced while senior mid fielders JD Garnett and Matt McNamara combined for a pair of first half goals.

Despite the milestone victory, Di Tomasso declined to speak with The Leader following the game, instead issuing a statement.

“It all starts with great goalkeeping and then an insane amount of discipline and focus from our defensive unit,” read Di Tomasso’s press release. “[Our defensive unit was] first to the ball in the air and on the ground and did not put our team in jeopardy one time.”

Di Tomasso did not permit his players to speak with The Leader regarding the match; however, his statement reflected on the people who he believes have helped him reach this milestone.

“200 wins is a direct reflection of all the great players and people that have worn the Elmhurst College uniform. Without successful, passionate, and talented players this milestone would not have been reached,” the statement read. 

 

In 13 seasons as the head coach of men’s soccer, Di Tomasso has compiled 132 total wins, with 49 of them coming during conference play. Prior to coaching the men’s team, Di Tomasso served as the head coach of the women’s soccer program for six seasons, winning 68 total games, including 30 CCIW matches.

A Bluejay striker approaches the net with a teammate in sight at Langhorst Field. File Photo

A Bluejay striker approaches the net with a teammate in sight at Langhorst Field. File Photo

Under Di Tomasso’s guidance, the Bluejays have averaged ten or more wins per season, with much of them coming during CCIW play, as well as a non-conference schedule that Di Tomasso believes is among one of the top ten most difficult in the nation.

In addition to Di Tomasso’s milestone victory, the game also marked the beginning of the Bluejays season and opened their home schedule. Di Tomasso also addressed that in his release.

“Players are always excited to participate in a home opener because they have been working on so many things during the preseason. It allows them to let loose and implement the knowledge they have gained,” said Di Tomasso in his statement.

The Bluejays men’s soccer team looks to continue their momentum for their next home game against Loras College, taking place on Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. at Langhorst Field.