Currently, the women’s soccer team has a record of 1-3-1 after a tough game against Austin College, which ended up in a loss, a score of 1-0. However, the 31 players, along with Coach Meg Brown are not slowing down since they are striving to win the American Southwest Conference.
Senior nursing major Erica Harris is hoping that more practice will produce improvement.
“Our first three games of the season were tough. Two went to double overtime, and we definitely learned a lot about each other and ourselves as a team from those games,” she said.
Team members know they still need to work on a few things for the rest of the season.
“There’s always room for improvement, but I think the best way for any one of us to improve is to practice like we would play in a game. If we don’t practice hard, we aren’t going to play hard come game time.”
A change to the team this year is the number of new players; at least eight freshmen have joined along with some transfers.
Harris said, “With so many newcomers, we are still getting to know each other’s tendencies on the field.”
Junior exercise and sport science major Tori Seiler is impressed with the chemistry already.
“We work really well as a team this season, and I believe some of that has to do with our chemistry off of the field. Last season we didn’t have very good chemistry, so as returners we decided to really focus on that this season,” she said.
The team has been practicing hard since before school started by doing three-a-days. Now they practice two hours a day, Monday through Thursday. Games are usually Fridays and Saturdays.
Players do a variety of activities during practice to improve their skills for upcoming games.
Freshman undeclared major Ashley Teague said, “We range from conditioning to scrimmaging to watching film from our past games.”
The women are also learning to focus on leaving their problems, anxiety and stress off the field.
Seiler said, “One thing we are working towards as a team is bringing urgency and more drive into practice. It seems sometimes we can let the pressure of school and having a bad day affect our practice, so we are working hard to leave everything off the field and come into practice with high intensity and pressure.”
Brown is always helping the women with whatever they need and giving them positive criticism and feedback for their improvement.
Teague said, “Our coach is not only a good coach on the field, but also a good friend off the field. I am only a freshman, so I do not know her as well as the upperclassmen, but I know I can always go to her for things not only about soccer.”
Most of the team members agree their aim this semester is to advance to and win the American Southwest Conference Tournament.
Seiler said, “My goal for this semester would be to make the conference tournament considering we fell short of that last season, and, of course, once we get there to win conference. Also, my personal goal as centerback would be to get as many shutouts as we can.”
This coming semester should be an exciting one in the soccer world, especially since the first conference game was last Friday against LeTourneau University. The team hopes that fans will come and support them as they try to win every game.
Teague said, “I am very excited for my first year of college soccer and can’t wait to see how we do.”