Women’s soccer opens season with tough loss

The Lady Cardinals suffered a tough loss against Maryville on Friday, Sept. 6 during a home game.

The first half of the game ended without a single score from either side.

SVSU made 17 shots. Jennifer Muana, a senior forward player, led with four shots.

Ally Gaunt, a freshman goalkeeper, pulled through with three saves.

The team lost 1-0 when, in the last 40 seconds, Maryville scored the only goal of the game.

The team worked hard to push for a goal themselves but were unsuccessful.

Head coach Michael O’Neill believes a loss at the beginning of the season won’t slow down the team.

“After a defeat like today, we have to not feel bad for ourselves,” he said. “It’s easy to make excuses and point fingers, but we come back, say, ‘Today wasn’t our day,’ and put ourselves in a position to be successful on Sunday. It’s going to be the same attitude, effort, energy and positivity. Good things will come our way if we maintain that.”

Players will use their experience from this game to help them prepare for the next.

“The team’s goal is to improve from the first game,” Muana said. “Learn from our mistakes. Figure out where we messed up
and go from there. We can only go up from here.”

According to Muana, support for one another helps them play better.

“We usually get one another hype to get game ready,” she said “During the game, cheering each other on and being positive on the field helped a lot. We’re a very energetic and hard-working team, we just couldn’t get the ball through the net.”

Hannah Tarnaski a senior attacking midfielder, also feels the team works well together.

“We’ve been at it since the beginning of August, so I think that’s really helped with our team chemistry,” she said.

Tarnaski said she won’t let this loss deter her or her teammates.

“We have to stay focused and not let this loss get us down at the beginning of the season,” she said. “We have a lot to prove. We have a lot to get after and we just have to keep pushing.”

The team already has plans to improve for future games.

“We have to be more tough on and off the ball and play until the end of games.” Tarnaski said. “We have to be on our top game, every game, not being caught tired, not being caught not pressing or doing what we shouldn’t be doing. … Just being 100 percent.”

The Lady Cards have another home game at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12

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