NSU women’s soccer continues strong start
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NSU women’s soccer continues strong start

Published 10/16/17

Zach Cobler

TNE Writer

The NSU women’s soccer program is in familiar territory after their 10-0 start to the season. The RiverHawks started the season strong winning 10 straight, but they hiccupped after their first loss. They are now 11-2 overall and 5-2 in the MIAA after losses to the No. 2 ranked Central Missouri and an unranked Missouri Western State (12-2). They had the same start to last season as they went 10-0 to start the season and lost to both Central Missouri and Missouri Western State to fall to 11-2.

The difference in the seasons though is the RiverHawks will now come home for the final five games of the regular season, as opposed to going on the road for much of the end of last season. They will look to make their home field a fortress as they are 6-1 on the season when playing at Dan Deloache Field.

“Playing with a home crowd has an advantage,” said Sarah Rector, Owasso sophomore midfielder. “The competitive nature is still there, but you are at home and you do not have to travel so it gives us a little bit of an advantage.”

There is a combination of reasons why the RiverHawks have started the season strongly. They have played stellar defense, giving up on average less than one goal a game to their opponents. The good defense has also led to a very solid offense, as they have scored 33 goals throughout the year. All this happens because of the the team chemistry the women have shown in their first 13 games.

“We are all on the same page,” said Mariah Nicolet, Mannford sophomore midfielder. “We are all working toward the same goal.”

After a successful start to a season, sometimes teams will become complacent and think they have made it. The RiverHawks are hoping to not become complacent and know there is still work to do.

“One of our goals as a team is that we want to continue to grow together as a program and practice the core values that we have,” said Rector.

The RiverHawks will look to bounce back after a big loss to the Jennies where they lost 5-0 in Warrensburg, Mo. This is the biggest loss in the tenure of Chase Wooten, NSU women’s soccer head coach. After beating the RiverHawks, the Jennies were ranked No.1 in the nation the following week. The Jennies have two All-American players on their team and have yet to lose a game this season. They have scored 52 goals and have only allowed their opponents to score twice.

“I have seen some teams lose a game and turn around and be focused on the next game,” said Wooten. “Then I have seen other ones where their confidence gets shaken. This week there has to be some level of ‘Are we going to get results?’ or ‘Are we going to make excuses?’ This next week will be really result-driven.”

The RiverHawks are focused going forward. While many teams have a set number of wins or a certain round of playoffs they strive to get to, the RiverHawks are not focused on that.

“We try not to get too orientated on making it to this round,” said Wooten. “We are going to be a lot more process-driven. We do not have to reinvent the wheel. We have to be aware of our limitations and play into our strengths.”

The RiverHawks will return to action against Fort Hays State at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20 at Dan Deloache Field.


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