Soccer teams struggle to find wins
Monday, October 1, 2007
By Chad Hartwell
After historical seasons in 2006, Oklahoma Christian University’s soccer teams are off to slow starts.
Eagles won 12 games last season and advanced to the second round of the
NAIA National Tournament. Through seven games this season, their record
stands at 2-3-2.
their early struggles, men’s soccer coach David Scott believes the
Eagles have played well for the majority of their games this season.
early schedule has featured some very good teams,” Scott said. “We put
ourselves in tough situations in those games by making some silly
mistakes, and the teams we have been playing are good enough to punish
us for them.”
Scott believes some of their struggles have come from starting slow and getting into early holes.
tough to come from behind when you are playing good teams,” Scott said.
“We have to learn to put together a full 90 minutes of hard work from
the opening whistle and limit our mistakes.
“We aren’t struggling from an ability standpoint. We just have to improve our intensity and focus early in games.”
Eagles have also struggled defensively this year. Last season, Oklahoma
Christian allowed just 24 goals in 19 games behind a stingy back-line
and goalkeeper Bryan Cochrum. This year the Eagles have already given
up 17 goals in seven games.
with the early losses, the Eagles have made improvements throughout the
year and will continue to make more in order to reach their goals.
have made a lot of improvements in our chemistry on the field but still
have some areas we need to work on,” Scott said. “If we can limit our
mistakes and solidify our defense a little, we can definitely turn
every starter returning from a team that went undefeated during the
regular season and amassed a record of 17-2-2 in 2006, the women’s
soccer team has not played up to expectations either.
year, the Lady Eagles have already lost more than twice as many games
with an overall record of 3-5 going into Thursday night’s road game
against Oklahoma City University.
is a lot of talent on the team this year, so there has been a question
of why we’ve been struggling for a little while now, but I feel we are
all on the same page again,” senior captain Meagan Pless said. “We have
to find that attitude to want to win again, and it is coming.”
Pless believes in future games their play will turn around.
have to play every game like it is different, so the tables can turn in
just one game,” Pless said. “Everyone has to be accountable on the
field. Having confidence that our teammate will do her part is
Lady Eagles started off their season with a rugged schedule as three of
their five losses have come to teams ranked in the top 30 of the NAIA
women’s struggles could be traced to their defense as well. The Lady
Eagles allowed 16 goals in 21 games last year, but have already given
up 12 this season. On the offensive side, they scored 57 goals in 2006
but have netted just 12 goals through eight games this year.
have to play within ourselves and have the attitude to win every game
we play,” Pless said. “When it comes to the end of the season, I see us
having won a lot of games, but right now we have to just worry about
the next game.”
LADY EAGLES WILL PLAY THEIR FIRST HOME GAME AFTER SIX STRAIGHT ROAD
CONTESTS SATURDAY AFTERNOON WHEN THEY TAKE ON PARK (MO.) UNIVERSITY AT
1 P.M. THE EAGLES PLAY AT OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY SATURDAY NIGHT AT 7