Stew's Side of Things: Exploring #Post90 with Men's Soccer
Written by Josh Stewart, Sports Information Director and Head Men's Lacrosse Coach
WILMORE, Ky. - As seniors Zach Welch, Mark Fitch, and Caleb Griffin stood in front of the homecoming crowd giving their last #Post90 talk, I began to wonder where and how this tradition began.
First, what exactly is Post-90?
Post-90 refers to what happens after the 90 minutes of a soccer game, in the postgame, hence the name Post-90.
“Immediately after each home game one of our players or staff members shares their testimony or story with all the fans, family, and friends,” head coach Ben Andrews said. “The idea behind it is not only to express what we do and who we are but to hopefully match our words with our actions on the field.”
As an athlete, I’ve been a part of many odd and interesting traditions. In high school, my football team went out to eat at a buffet every Thursday night prior to game day as a way to bond—and have a valid excuse to eat at a buffet. (Come on. We were teenagers.)
In college, we went to Chipotle every Friday night for burritos. We went so often the crew knew us by name and could tell you exactly what each one of us wanted on our mammoth-sized tortilla.
As lacrosse coaches at Messiah, we would take a trip to Pizza Town (reminiscent of Tastebuds) for our pregame discussions while chowing down on some of Central PA’s finest dough. (Funny how every tradition seems to revolve around food.)
Aside from food, though, we had our other traditions which included weekly devotionals for lacrosse. But standing in front of the fans and telling them what God was doing in our lives never crossed our minds. It should have.
The tradition here was something completely new to me, and so intriguing that I wanted to know more about it. So how exactly did Post-90 start and why is it a tradition here?
Junior Griffin Wilcoxon has his own theory.
“I’m pretty sure the idea just came from coach and his infinite wisdom,” he said.
“I don’t exactly know where it came from,” senior Zach Welch said. “We started it a few years ago and have kind of stuck with it ever since.”
After those two answers, I thought I would seek out the longest tenured member here with AU soccer. (He also happens to be the head coach, who played here a few years, too.)
“The idea originally came from my time in SoCal visiting the Southern California Seahorses of the Professional Development League (PDL). They did something similar there.” Andrews said.
“When I was hired on as head coach, I wanted to come up with a creative way to reach out, but also to keep us accountable; I thought this would be a great way to achieve both. Our players have done a great job with it and it seems to be well received by the crowd. The stories the players give are intriguing, and I can only imagine how much they affect those in attendance for the long term. These guys are really trying to glorify God through their platform, which just happens to be Asbury Soccer.”
After getting to know these student-athletes in my first few weeks here, and learning more about them with each passing in the Luce or on the field, I applaud what they do and can see why they do it. These guys leave it all out on the field and play rough at times but, in the end, they are doing it for the glory of God—not the play but the witnessing.
I don’t know if they have any other crazy traditions (although I believe that Michael Krupa and Adam Howard go to Moe’s on Friday nights—my kind of tradition!) but #Post90 has to be the best one. Well done, Asbury soccer. Well done.
(Note: Asbury's women's volleyball team does something very similar after their home matches which they call "Last Set". And there may be others here at Asbury that I have yet to experience... hopefully I will.)