Soccer kicks for mental toughness

September 20, 2012


Sports Reporter


Fresh off back-to-back wins against Jackson State and Southeastern Louisiana, the Lady Techsters soccer team is looking to build on its momentum. The Techsters will host McNeese State at 4 p.m. Friday at the Lady Techster Soccer Field then travel to Southeast Missouri State for a 12 p.m. game Sunday at Cape Girardeau inside the Houck Stadium.


Head coach Kevin Sherry said though his team is fairly young, they will become much better in two or three years. However, he said the team needs more aggression and fighting spirit to ward off the challenge of the other teams.


“Our biggest goal is to continue our improvement in mental toughness,” Sherry said. “We have been technically as good and physically more fit as our opponents, but we don’t have that same competitive edge the other teams seem to have.”


Sherry said the team plays well from their defensive end to the midfield area but they break down on the offensive end. To get more conversion in the final third, Sherry said it depends on how well they handle the ball and run into positions to get good looks at the goal.


“In order to create scoring opportunities, there needs to be more movement in the final third,” Sherry said.


On a more positive note, Sherry said he was pleased with the following freshmen: defender Mette Rudolfsen and midfielders Andrea Weng, Brittany Beddow and Keely Davis.


However, leading the team’s charge in accomplishing its offensive goal among other goals, Sherry said junior forward Emily Brennan plays a vital role.


“Technically, she is very talented, and tactically, she understands what we want her to do in relation to the team,” Sherry said. “She is the one player at the moment who is leading the way and showing everyone by example the mental toughness and competitive spirit needed.”


Brennan is the Techsters’ leading offensive player with 14 shots on goal and five goals to show this season. She said she is striving to make improvements in her own performance on the offensive end of the field.


“I think I create a lot of chances, but I want to be able to finish more of the scoring opportunities we create,” Brennan said.


Brennan said her team will give a 100 percent effort and invites everyone to come out to support the Techsters.


Along with Brennan and the Techsters, Sherry said having the support of fans at their games can make a big difference in the team’s performance.


“We respond well when we get positive support in numbers,” Sherry said. “We appreciate the community support we get and we would love to see more college students coming out to support us.”


Fans can also watch the game against McNeese State on Gametracker at latechsports.com.


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