Kickin' It With Brascia And Weaver
Aug. 26, 2014
The freshmen adjusted very well and it translated nicely in the TCU game. The first third of the TCU game we went out with a defensive mindset, not really looking to attack or go forward. We seemed to be a half step behind. By the end of the third 30 minutes, we were clearly dominating and had gained our rhythm. Even though we were down 1-0, we were getting behind their defense and creating a lot more goal scoring opportunities.
We have competed against Sam Houston the past couple of seasons so we were fairly familiar and knew what to expect from them. In the first half, we mainly were trying to find our legs. Sam Houston wound up scoring early in the half and we were battling to try to get the equalizer the remainder of the time.
Finally, with about 5 minutes left, Hannah Dauzat found the back of the net making it a 1-1 draw at the end of the half. We came out strong in the second half and attacked down the flanks, but we could not find the back of the net. Once again, Sam Houston took the lead to make it a 2-1 game, but we continued to attack and play strong defense. Confusion with the Sam Houston goalkeeper called for a free kick inside the box. With no one from Sam Houston in the box besides the keeper, Kayla Walker grabbed the ball, put it down, passed it Selena Peters, and she scored. The intense game ended in a 2-2 draw. Over all, I was proud of the team for working hard and answering back for the pair of goals that were against us.
We worked on our finishing and composure at practice so that our goal scorers would be more confident in front of the goal. It definitely made a difference because 8 minutes into our game against McNeese State we were up 1-0 with a great finish by Kayla Walker. She scored another goal about 20 minutes later. It felt good to finally be up 2-0 against a team we knew we could beat. We acted like it too.
Our playing was tremendous, even though most of us were exhausted from the double-overtime tie two days before. My younger teammates stepped up their game to help us get the result. We were missing one of our key midfielders, Alexis Weaver and a new transfer Hannah, who were injured after the Sam Houston game. Freshmen, Kelsie Thein, Kristina Schultz, and Georgi Dolence all came in ready to play and made a difference in our win and shutouts this weekend. For such young players, their strength and tenacity will help us build better attacks and keep the ball better against the tough teams we will play in conference.
Thanks for reading! Until next time,