‘Belles set out to make history
Team hopes to ‘lock in’ NO. 1 spot in LSC
Published: Friday, October 25, 2013
Updated: Friday, October 25, 2013 15:10
The Rambelles won their second pair of home games, placing them at the top of the Lone Star Conference Oct. 18 and Oct. 20.
The team defeated Texas Woman’s University 4-1 and Texas A&M-Commerce 2-1.
Freshman Jenny Kotowych scored three goals in the game against Texas Woman’s on Friday. Her performance earned her the Lone Star Conference Offensive Player of the Week. It is the first LSC honor of her career.
“It was nice for her to get the monkey off her back from not scoring in a while,” Head Coach Travis McCorkle said.
Kotowych said her performance represents the team as a whole.
“I would not have made any goals if the team had not created the opportunities,” she said. “My team mates found the perfect balls and I made good runs, and it set up for good goals.”
At practice the team is focusing more on finishing and what they can do to get better results in the game, Kotowych said.
It was the first three-goal game for a Rambelle individual this season, which had not been accomplished since 2011, by Maggie Schaffer.
“It [game against Texas Woman’s] was probably the closest to perfection I have seen us play,” McCorkle said. “Being up 3-0 at halftime is as good as you can ask for as a women’s soccer coach. It was difficult to keep going at that same level, but our only disappoint that game was not keeping the shutout.”
Freshman Haley Mendel said the team has improved from its first set of wins.
“It’s definitely going to be tough, but we have the potential to win our last three games,” she said. “We are looking for shutouts to prove that we have that strong defense and hope to keep playing well.”
The team is No. 1 in the Lone Star Conference as of Oct. 20.
The soccer team has never won a conference championship, and the Belles are hoping to do that, freshman Kelli Regan said.
“We want to accomplish our goal of getting the championship ring and make history for ASU,” she said. “We are all focused on making this year the best for the seniors who have done so much for the program. Hopefully we can get two wins this weekend so that our Senior Day game can be fun and we end our season the right way.”
The ‘Belles will be on the road facing Eastern New Mexico and West Texas A&M this weekend.
“The No. 1 spot is not sealed yet, so we need to focus on winning and not thinking forward about the conference tournament,” McCorkle said. “We have to lock in first place and be ready to do the business at hand.”