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The Blue & Gray Press | October 17, 2017

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Women’s soccer prepare for conference play

Women’s soccer prepare for conference play

By CJ CUMMINGS

With just over half of the season completed, the University of Mary Washington women’s soccer team is sitting in second place for the Capital Athletic Conference.

The team’s final eight games are all in conference, proving very crucial in determining their final position. Their overall record on the season is 6-4 while their record in the Capital Athletic Conference is 1-0.

While the team has played one game in conference, they have played well in their road games., with a record of 4-2, as compared to their 2-2 record at home.

On average they are scoring 50 percent more goals while allowing 1.33 less goals on the road as compared to home.

There is an inconsistency in connecting passes and finishing offense which has caused them to lose the games they have. As the final eight games approach, the team is, “Starting to come together and finding our rhythm together in our new 4-3-3 formation,” said junior midfielder Meghan Turney.

This rhythm could really benefit the women’s team in close games. The strongest part of the team is their defense, which can be attributed to their starting freshman goalie Haley Randall. The first year player has only allowed about one goal per game which has really benefited the program.

As long as the defense holds true and there are more consistent passes that help lead to more scoring opportunities, the UMW women’s soccer team has a great opportunity to win most of their remaining games. It is crucial the team is able to figure it out by Saturday, Oct. 3, as they host their rival, Christopher Newport University.

CNU is 5-3-1 on the season so far and 0-1 in the CAC Conference as they lost 1-0 to Frostburg State University. UMW lost to their rival 1-0 last year in an overtime heartbreaker. They are looking to move on from that game in this next matchup as they are hoping for different results.

By the end of the season the team should hopefully have it all figured out come their homecoming game against Salisbury University.

“It will be the hardest game of the season, since it’s during homecoming weekend,” Turney said.

With victories against these big conference opponents, the Eagles could set themselves up in good position in hopes to finish off the season with the best record in Capital Athletic Conference.