After putting up a strong performance in a goalless draw with Seattle University Redhawks on Oct. 19, the Lady Techsters’ soccer team lost their first Western Athletic Conference game this season as they were beaten 2-1 by Idaho University on Oct. 21.
Junior forward Emily Brennan, who came back from a one game suspension, said they underestimated Vandals’ early intensity in the game.
“I think the first five minutes we came out thinking we had this in the bag,” Brennan said. “They came out strong, we were not expecting it and that’s why they scored two earlier goals.”
Looking ahead to road games against San Jose State University on Friday and Utah State University on Sunday, Brennan said the team will have to play better than they did in the Idaho game.
“I think we’re going to shock people,” she said. “We’ve surprised coach and ourselves, and we are going to continue to do that.”
Assistant soccer coach Binni Keleta said Idaho’s game was emotional because it was senior day. Keleta said it was simply another regular season loss, but the team needs to get back to the fundamentals of the game.
“This is just a minor setback,” he said. “It is going to hurt more because we haven’t lost in so long.”
Assessing the season’s performance thus far in relation to the team’s early goals, Keleta said they have exceeded their expectations.
“We have to keep things in perspective, we were picked to finish last in the conference,” he said. “The success we have had so far is way over any goals we have set for this team.”
San Jose State University is currently eighth in the WAC standings and has a record of 2-5-0. Though San Jose St. are towards the bottom of the WAC standings Keleta said the Techsters should not underestimate the energy they will play with.
“They are still trying to fight for a place in the tournament,” Keleta said. “They are going to come out hungry just like Idaho did. They are trying to cement a spot in the conference tournament.”
The Lady Techsters will play their final regular season WAC game against WAC tournament host and defending champions Utah State.
“Utah is the defending champions and it’s at their home so its always going to be tough with the altitude,” Keleta said.
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