Written by Cynthia Papailler, Staff Writer
VSU soccer will be looking for redemption this upcoming week after a losing to the University of North Alabama this past Sunday, breaking their four game streak of games without a loss.
The Lions launched a successful attack on the team beating them 5-0 in the Gulf Southern Conference game in Florence, Ala. Two early goals by North Alabama set the tone for the rest of the matchup between the Lions and the Blazers.
VSU’s Mallory McDaniel added two shots to VSU’s total of 11 in the contest (1-10-4, 1-6-3). The Blazers return home this week for GSC matchups this Thursday against the Lee University Flames.
“It’s definitely going to be a tough game,” Ashley Miller, junior defender, said. ”We know that they are second in ranking in the conference, so it’s going to take a lot of communication on the field as well as team chemistry and just knowing our roles and fighting our individual battles to get a good result out of this game.”
Cory Harbinson, Graduate Assistant Coach, shared similar sentiments towards the upcoming game. He said the team needs to improve on “fitness, being physical, being more tactically aware of the game plan and having 90 min commitment.”
Lee is on a four game winning streak and are ranked second in the GSC.
“The girls need to come out and execute the game plan that we hope we set right for them,” Harbinson said. “If they come out and bring energy like they did the prior three games, I think we’ll find a way to compete. Lee is going to be a tough opponent for as they’re nationally ranked, but I think we have the spirit and I think we’ve got the energy to frustrate them.”
On Thursday, the Blazers will play the Flames at the Complex at 7 p.m. VSU will then wrap up their season on Saturday against Shorter University at 7 p.m. at the Complex.