Written By: Alex Tostado
With midterm tests upon the student body, women’s soccer has a test of their own on the road this weekend.
The Blazers enter their road trip undefeated with a record of 5-0-3 (3-0-3) and ranked No. 21 in the nation and have eight games remaining in the regular season.
VSU plays Newberry College (4-3) today and then they go to Lee University, 4-2 (1-0), where they play on Saturday.
With a Thursday game, the Blazers were forced to travel Wednesday, only having one day of practice before hitting the road for the second time this season.
The Blazers came out of the last road trip 1-0-1 and they expect better results this time around.
“We will be ready for a 3 O’clock game,” Head Coach Mel Heinz said. “We have to take (on Newberry) and they are a competitive team and hopefully take care of that.”
Heinz and the Blazers come into the weekend outscoring opponents only 13-7, which is an average of 1.6 goals per game.
“We are just going to play 100 percent and play like we have been playing,” freshman forward Nicole Polk said. “We will be ready (for the weekend).”
Heinz knows that the conference game against Lee is not an automatic win.
“Lee University is a tough team,” Heinz said. “They are at the top of our conference even though they just got in our conference. They have a quality program so it will be good to get that win.”
With half of the season complete, Heinz is satisfied with her team, but knows they can accomplish more.
“I want to see how we played against West Florida in the remainder of our eight games,” Heinz said. “We have (No. 24) Columbus State in the final eight games, we have more conference games… so everything counts. It doesn’t matter who we play, it matters how we play.”
Polk, who is second on the team with four goals, is eager to see her team compete in the second half of the season, and perhaps in the postseason.
“(A national championship) is always the ultimate goal,” Polk said. “(We will) take it just one game at a time and keep playing hard. That’s what we are doing and that’s all we can do.”
Heinz wants to see her girls finish strong in the second half of the season and get into the postseason with some momentum.
“Goals are getting scored and I’m glad for that,” Heinz said. “I don’t care who gets them; I like it when it gets spread out because that way the other team can’t mark us.”
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