The Lady Blazers hit the road on a four game road trip where they will face off against the number two team in the nation and hope to seed themselves nicely for the Gulf South Conference Tournament in November.
Starting on Friday and ending on Monday, October 22 the team will play in four different states beginning with West Alabama, then West Florida, Union, and Shorter.
The first two games against West Alabama and West Florida will not be counted as GSC games, but the Blazers will play those same two schools to finish the regular season at home which will count towards the conference record.
Coach Heinz says those two games to start the road trip will still be highly important.
“I think it’s going to help us prepare for those two teams when we play them here at the end of the season,” Coach Heinz said. “Those games won’t count as conference play, but when we play them at home in a couple of weeks it’s going to prepare us for those games that will actually count.”
West Alabama is 4-1-1 in GSC play this season and West Florida is 5-0. Even though those games won’t count they will play a big impact in how the Lady Blazers can respond to the top teams of the GSC.
The Argonauts are the number two team in the nation and are coming off their first loss of the season. They will by far be the best opponent the Blazers have played this season.
“They both will be [big games],” Coach Heinz said. “West Florida is number one right now and West Alabama number two [in the conference].”
The Lady Blazers will play Union for the first and only time this season on Saturday, Oct. 20 and they are winless in GSC games at 0-3-2.
The road trip, and last road game of the regular season for the Blazers, will be wrapped up in Rome against Shorter. The Blazers beat the Hawks 1-0 last Sunday at home not counting as a GSC game. The Hawks are 1-3-1 in GSC games this season.
Hopefully the Lady Blazers can feed off their first Player of the Week Award this season. Both Kim Caitlin Alderman and Olivia Mills earned the honor this week.
Freshman mid-fielder, Alderman earned the offensive award with two game winning goals against Shorter and Alabama-Huntsville. Sophomore goalkeeper, Mills earned the defensive award by allowing just two goals in three games with two shutouts.
Winners of four in a row the Lady Blazers will look to feed off of their momentum and carry it through the road trip and the rest of the season. They will need it if they want to be in a good position for the conference tournament in November.