Elkins leads women into regular season

Lady Cru soccer has returned to the field for the 2012 season. The team has already made an impact in American Southwest Conference play with a 5-3-1 overall record and 2-2-1 in conference.

Women’s Head Coach Barry Elkins talks about the goals for this team.

“Coming into the season, our main goal is to make the American Southwest Conference tournament,” he said. “One task that will help us get there is to not allow as many goals as we gave up last year.”

The Lady Cru will depend on their strengths to be successful this season.

Freshman defender Ashley Stenack, left, sends the ball upfield against East Texas Baptist at the Cru Soccer Complex. UMHB Sports Information.

Junior accounting major Maizey Cardy points out their strong points.

“Our team’s strengths are our hard work ethic and our passion for the game. We may not have the skill or talent that other teams have, but with our strengths, we can compete with any team,” she said.

Another strength is the chemistry players have with each other on and off the field.

“Our team’s relationship this year is the best it has ever been. We are all friends on and off the field, and I love being able to share my experiences at UMHB with all of them,” she said.

Sophomore business management major Ashley Teague agrees with Cardy about the team’s friendshps.

“We are all one big family. Everyone gets along really well. It really helps us on the field,” she said.

Sophomore Christian studies major Taylor Irby agrees.

“Our relationship with one another is great. We truly do love one another like sisters, and we really do support each other on and off the field,” she said.

The new lights on the soccer field will also add an impact to the home games this season. Irby and Teague both talked about playing under the lights.

“Playing under the lights brings a different level of intensity to the game. It is great for both the fans and the competitors,” Irby said.

“I love playing (with the new) lights. Plus it is a much cooler temperature. I know our fans are liking it as well because we are seeing more fans come out,” Teague said.

The Lady Cru took on East Texas Baptist University in their last home game. The team played a thrilling match that went into overtime.

Senior Camryn Powell got the team on the board with an assisted pass by Jordan Powers early in the game. The women were then unsuccessful to score for the remaining of regulation.

ETBU scored its first goal in the second half to level the game at 1-1.

The marathon continued on to overtime, then double overtime, where both teams were still unable to get on the board. The duel ended in a 1-1 tie.

The Lady Cru have an opportunity to improve their record with three back-to-back home games starting with Concordia Oct. 5. If they can sweep these games on their own turf, they can pull ahead and reserve their spot on the postseason bracket.

Author: Jake Stamps

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