Soccer season heats up
Bobcats pull off a win against Anderson University Trojans thanks to goal by senior
The women’s soccer team defeated Anderson University 1-0 in overtime last Wednesday. The Bobcats outshot the Trojans 30-3 altogether: 10-0 in the first half and 20-3 in the second half. It is easy to tell that they do a lot to prepare for a game.
“We practice every single day,” Forward Haley O’Hayer said. “So, from about 2 to 6 p.m. every day, we leave the outside world for a little while. It is fun because during the weekday when everybody is in class, we will do our stretching and running on Front Campus. We like letting students know that it is game day.”
Leading up to game day, the Bobcats get each other ready for the games ahead.
“The team plays this game called ‘Champions League,’” Holden said. “There are three separate teams and all the coaches draft certain players for their team and then we all play each other. It gets us super pumped and ready to play.”
Forward Abby Dalton and midfielder/forward Brittaney Borror took the most shots this game; however, it was O’Hayer who scored the winning goal.
“My initial reaction after scoring was, ‘How much time is left?’ this was of course after the celebrating.” O’Hayer said.
When asked how evenly matched the teams were, Coach Hope Clark responded confidently.
“We were definitely stronger than our opponent in some areas,” Clark said. “To prepare, we continued to focus on areas in need of improvement. It is all about continuing to create new opportunities for ourselves.”
The women’s soccer team is excited about the upcoming season, and their future looks bright.
“For us as a team, we are most excited about transferring our closeness and sense of family onto the field,” Holden said. “It will impact the way we play and bring us many wins.”
On Saturday, Sept. 15, the Bobcats faced University of South Carolina Aiken on the road where they were defeated 2-0.
“It was an unfortunate loss early in the season, but we have to show everybody what a great team we are,” Clark said.