We just got back last night from Wednesday night’s match in Tulsa, and we are getting ready for Saturday's home contest versus Florida International. It’s a quick turnaround, re-energize, focus on task ahead and keep things rolling! Three games into our Conference USA nine-game schedule and the boys are really playing well. It’s been an adjustment dealing with the playing rhythm/spacing of our matches, but things settle after this weekend. We’ve had two big matches since my last e-mail against top opponents. I'm real proud of the attitude, commitment, focus and maturity of our team. We've dealt with adversity and have become stronger as a result. A record of 6-3-2 with wins over some of the top programs in the nation (six of the teams ranked in the "Top 20" at some point this season). We are really excited for what lies ahead.
LOBOS VS. UNC CHARLOTTE OCTOBER 4TH 7:00 PM LOBO SOCCER COMPLEX
Charlotte is an excellent team and challenging matchup for our squad. The 2011 national runners-up and perennial tournament team are very direct, organized and tough, with the dimensions of our home field (narrow and short) favoring a team with these characteristics. This was our tenth match of the season and probably our least inspiring performance. We were very good the first nine games and having one off day in ten is expected. The positive of the Charlotte match, is that despite our sub-par performance, we came away with a 0-0 tie against a top team who was playing with their backs to the wall. Great defensive effort and our play improved as the match progressed. In our talk after the game, I told the boys that this was a quality result considering we weren't at our best. The challenge would be to have a complete match in five days’ time, on the road versus an excellent Tulsa Hurricane team.
LOBOS VS. TULSA OCTOBER 9TH 7:00 PM TULSA, OKLAHOMA
I really liked our preparation and demeanor going into the Tulsa game. This contest would be televised nationally as the "NSCAA Game of the Week" and the field and presentation were first class! Tulsa was ranked #19 coming into the game and took tremendous pride in being a "soccer playing" team; playing out of tight situations, while maintaining possession at all costs. If we could get our pressure, compactness and transition attacking right, this would be a great match-up for us. The boys were good from the start. We created an excellent chance four minutes into the match, but the first 45 minutes saw the game scoreless going into halftime. We picked up the pace in the second half and scored a quality goal in the 76th minute: Rogers to Niko Hansen. It was Niko's team-leading sixth goal of the season. We had chances to double the lead but closed the match out with a 1-0 victory. I am real proud of the team’s performance against a dynamic opponent. 2-0-1 in Conference USA play with a big one coming up at home this Saturday night.
Looking forward to Saturday night’s home match versus a very talented Florida International squad. Kick-off is at 7:00 and we need your ENERGY.
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See you tomorrow night….GO LOBOS!
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