Belles’ soccer defends their turf once again

Soccer remains undefeated at home and strives to stay that way

By Chris Cole
On October 8, 2015

Photos by Summer Almaguer
Sierra Anderson, midfielder and forward, maneuvers the ball to the goal in an attempt to score. In 2014, Anderson was ASU’s first All-American Soccer Player. She has also been named LSC Offensive Player of the week for the second week in a row. Last season, her teammate Ashley Exford and herself were LSC No. 1 picks.

Rambelles soccer secured their undefeated status on their home turf on Oct. 4 as they claimed victory over Eastern New Mexico with a score of 1-0.

This win puts the Belles 3-1-0 in the Lone Star Conference and gives them a spark to go as far as they’re willing this season. The Belles took 23 shots at ENM’s goal while the away team shot only once in return. With only one shot on the Belles goalie, the team demonstrated excellent defensive capabilities.

“Ashley is the rock back there for us,” Head Coach Travis McCorkle said.

Ashley Exford was named LSC defensive of the week this week.

While the difference in shots taken is impressive to the average audience member, the coach was more concerned than elated.

“I expect a goal for every ten shots at least, so we’ll have to work on that,” he said.

Another aspect McCorkle is focusing on is crossing.

“We have to find a way to beat teams when they’re really compact in the middle and how we can get around the outsides,” McCorkle said. “We showed that today. We got around the outside but then the quality of our crossing was not really great, and that’s because it’s not something we’ve worked on in training in the last week or two as it hasn’t been our biggest point of emphasis.”

Sierra Anderson, lone scorer in the game and winner of the LSC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year award for 2015, was thrilled with her goal.

“Last season and this season we’ve never lost a home game,” Anderson said. “We play really well with big fans and loud cheers.”

Midfielder and prominent player in Sunday’s game Haley Mendel said that the Rambelles’ have amazing team chemistry on and off the field. “We literally do everything together,” Mendel said. “Like we go out to eat, and we never get sick of each other.”

Mendel also said one aspect of the team which helps them play so well is that they continually ask for more of one another.

“We’re not afraid to challenge our teammates and push each other to get the best performance,” Mendel said.

The Belles face Midwestern State on Friday, Oct. 9 followed by Eastern New Mexico again on Friday, Oct. 16.

“For us it’s about keeping our momentum and keeping our focus sharp,” McCorkle said. “We can do this.”

 Defenders attempt to stop Cynthia Andrews, junior midfielder, from sending off a header to her teammates.

 

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