By Vanessa Crispin Herrara
LOGOS STAFF WRITER
Women’s soccer is testing itself in new waters since becoming eligible for postseason play with the transition of the University of the Incarnate Word into Division I.
The team opened the Southland Conference competition with a 2-0 loss Friday, Sept. 15, to visiting Texas A&M Corpus Christi at Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium.
¨As a first-year program, we are finally eligible to compete (in the post-season),” UIW head women´s soccer coach Anne Felts said.
¨Finally we are where we want to be. We have definite potential.”
Felts said the first conference game was full of mistakes.
¨They capitalized (on) our mistakes and we didn’t have our goal in our way,” Felts said.
Senior Carly Hankins said she believed her team came out really strong in the first half and had a good idea of what they were trying to do in the game.
¨I just think we came out a little bit more relaxed in the first half and then they came out harder than us in the second half,” Hankins said. ¨This season is the tightest group of girls we´ve ever had. We definitely play as a team more than any other season. We can win games. We just have to fix our mistakes.”
Graduate assistant George Ikemizu, the team’s strength and conditioning coach, said the team works hard during the season and they work together with the group schedule to get the work done.
¨Even though I don’t ask them to do something, they are really a hard-working group,” Ikemizu said. “They provided a lot of energy for the things that I tell them to do.” Ikemizu said the team is still building to be the best it can be.
“To bring more effort, to bring more discipline, and play 90 out of 90 minutes,” Ikemizu said.
Texas A&M Corpus Christi played very well and had some advantages as they had a penalty kick that let them get the score as well as a nice corner kick, he said. Overall, TAMCC brought more energy, he added.
“If we would´ve had another opportunity to play them, we would be better and we would probably win because we would know what to expect and what (we) need to win,” Ikemizu said.