After posting 10 straight winning records from 1988 through 1997, Wesleyan men's soccer saw two eras come to a close followng the 1998 season. While the 5-8-1 record ended the string of consecutive winning campaigns, the year also marked the end of head coach Terry Jackson's 31-year stint in charge of the team. Coach Jackson, the winningest soccer coach ever at the University, compiled a 209-163-39 record during his tenure at Wesleyan.
The 1998 season, though not a winning one, was representative of Wesleyan's competitive style as five of the team's eight losses came by a one-goal margin. Each of the three teams that defeated Wesleyan by a margin of more than one goal (Williams, Bowdoin and Middlebury) qualified for the NCAA Division III tournament.
During the year, Wesleyan extended its domination over Springfield College, Coach Jackson's alma mater, to 14 years without a loss (12-0-2) with a 2-0 road victory. Wesleyan also beat Clark, Western Connecticut and Salve Regina by a two-goal difference.
Peter Czerepak `99 returned from an injury that forced him to sit out the 1997 season to lead the team in scoring from his midfield spot with five goals and two assists. He was named a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) academic all-star along with Wikid Wilson `99, who also received second-team all-NESCAC recognition. He was a first-team NESCAC all-star in 1997.