Women’s soccer stone walls non-conference opponents


Sophomore Jessica Mess (No. 6) scores her first of two goals on Aug. 8. PHOTO BY SAM MASTERSON
For the first time since 2001, the Gorlok Women’s soccer team won its first five non-conference games of the season. One of the five non-conference victories was against DePauw University (Ind.), a team that appeared in the NCAA Division-III tournament last season.
The Gorloks have allowed only one goal the entire season, and are allowing an average of 4.6 shots on goal in a game.
“We want to make sure we have the toughest defense possible out there,” head coach Luigi Scire said.
Scire said the Gorlok’s non-conference schedule is vital to receiving a higher seed in the Division-III tournament. Scire hopes the team keeps up the one game-at-a-time mentality.
“They still are hungry. They still know they got a lot to prove at this point, and they go out with that mind-set. That’s what I love about this team,” Scire said. “They continue to challenge themselves individually and as an overall program.”
The women’s soccer team prepared for the season with a summer conditioning program and went undefeated in the Premiere League, a collegiate summer league at Soccer Park. Teams from junior colleges, Division II and NAIA schools participated in the league.
“The competition was very good. We competed very well,” Scire said. “The players understood it was not just a summer league, but an opportunity to improve their individual skills, and improve as a team as well.”
Senior midfielder Ally Nikolaus and junior goalkeeper Jessica Davis both sustained undisclosed injuries this weekend and are considered day-to-day.
“No team is ever going to be 100 percent when it comes to health,” Scire said. “You’ve got nicks here and there. It’s just about your ability to manage them.”
Scire said the team still wants to continue its success on the field. He knows their toughness still has to be proven.
“As soon as you relax, that’s when negative things will happen and they just don’t want that,” Scire said.

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