Confidence is key for lady Crusaders

Written by Austin McCormick

The women’s soccer team has been in preparation for a winning season since the beginning of the school year. The Lady Cru are striving for strong team unity and holding themselves to high expectations for their upcoming matches.

Junior nursing major Erica Harris said, “Reaching the conference tournament is very important. Confidence is key for me in the games.”

Head coach Meghann Brown guided the Cru women to a 12-6 overall record last year. Hard work paid off in the American Southwest Conference to set a record of 10-3 for the 2009 season. The UMHB women set school records for single-season victories along with most conference wins.

Midfielder Taylor Bullock gets the ball away from a Concordia player. The Lady Cru are 3-4 overall for the season so far. Photo by Jon Wallin

Senior marketing major Kellee Shearer said, “We need to find motivation in the goals we will set weekly from now on. Confidence in me from my coach and teammates helps me to play well. We need to have more communication on the field between our teammates to keep each other up.”

A big crowd excites the whole team from the start of a game. Loyal fans that cheer loudly make the squad feel that the school is behind them and boost the confidence of the team.

The women have practice shirts that have the words “unity, respect, trust and integrity” across the front. The words represent what the team is pushing for its season to be successful.

Freshman education major Laura Briner said, “I am always really aggresive on the field at practices and games.”

Playing strong defense, keeping strong team unity and attacking the opponent are all important qualities for the team’s success this season.

The upcoming soccer games are conference matches that need to be won in order for an invitation to the conference tournament.

Winning the American Southwest Conference is an important stepping  stone to making it to the national tournament.

Shearer said, “We are four games into conference play, and I know we are coming together as a team. Things are starting to look up for us.

The team record is three wins, four losses and one tie.

With only seven conference games remaining, the Lady Cru must stay focused and keep their eyes on the prize.

Freshman accounting major Maizey Cardy said, “We have the ability  to make it to the tournament. It is just a matter of working together as a team.”

Author: The Bells Staff

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