The soccer team will host the University of Texas-San Antonio for its first game of the regular season at 7 p.m. Friday at Elmer Gray Stadium. The Wildcats played UTSA last year and pulled out a high scoring victory by a score of 5-3 to earn their first win of the 2015 season.
“I feel great about our team,” said sophomore forward Dylan Owens. “We have a lot of depth coming off the field, so no matter who’s playing, it’s always the same pace of play. So I’m really satisfied with where we’re at, and we will just keep going from there.”
The Wildcats got a good look at the team on the field when they played an exhibition game Tuesday against Midwestern State University. The women came away with a 2-1 victory, as redshirt junior Kate Seay and freshman Brooke Lenz netted the two goals for the Wildcats in the second period. The women finished with a total of 22 shots while Midwestern could muster only 4 shots against the stout and experienced Wildcat defensive effort.
“It helps that we have a lot of returning players,” head coach Casey Wilson said. “There’s less growing pains because the amount of returners we have. We are putting a few freshmen into the game, but they’re doing great and they will learn from the experienced players more and more.”
The UTSA women opened their season with an exhibition match against University of Incarnate Word Thursday and picked up a convincing victory by a score of 4-0. Junior Kaja Skare scored a hat trick, while Nicole Galan scored the fourth goal for the Roadrunners.
The Roadrunners have already matched their season total in wins from a year as they struggled mightily, finishing 1-15 overall.
Sophomore Sophie Standifer, a first-team preseason all-Southland selection, said she is relieved to have depth this year after injuries and inexperience gave the Wildcats fewer options a season ago.
“We have a strong starting 11, and we have strong players coming off the bench,” Standifer said. “It’s nice to have the depth that we need. Right now we feel really good about the team. We’re getting better everyday, and I think we’re going to do really well.”