Written by: Alex Tostado
Blazer soccer has been filled with ups and downs this season, and I expect the Gulf South Conference Tournament to be the same way.
The Blazers have lost three games this season, all in October. The team finished the season 3-3 but still solidified its place in the tournament.
The tournament opens for the women with North Alabama playing West Alabama. This 4-5 matchup can be intriguing, although the winner goes on to play West Florida. �
I still like West Alabama to take this game and play the hosts on Friday afternoon.
With the first round game against a 4-9-5 Alabama-Huntsville, I, like many people, expect VSU to make its way to the Friday matchup against the No. 2 seeded Christian Brothers.
VSU went to CBU on Sept. 22 and won 2-1. This game is a tossup for me, and I feel like I need to flip a coin to determine this winner. However, I don’t think CBU’s extra day of rest will be enough to take down the Blazers. VSU will come out and take this game in a slugfest, 3-2.
UWF is expected to roll past UWA. UWA will put up a fight (after all, it is still a conference matchup), but they will not have what it takes to take down the defending national champs. UWF will win this one 3-1.
This is where the “downs” of the tournament come in for VSU. West Florida is too experienced and too deep for the Blazers. Don’t be surprised to see VSU show the fact that they have played three games in four days as opposed to UWF’s two games in four days. The Argonauts will win this one, 2-1.