Soccer look to rebound after matchup with Central Missouri

After Sunday’s matchup with the #1 team in D-II, the Mavs looks to get back to their winning ways.

Bobbi Patrick
Staff Writer

Mavericks Soccer looks to make a strong comeback after a loss on Sunday to the #1 team in the country, the Central Missouri Jennies, out in Warrensburg, MO.

This week, the Maverick women’s soccer team plays the Winona State Warriors on Friday at 3 p.m. in Mankato to show they’re still the top team in the conference, on and off the field.

The Mavericks, who had their first loss of the season on Sunday, are still ranked 17th in the nation in the most recent NCAA coaches poll.

The Mavericks are the highest-seeded team in the NSIC conference and are looking to keep their name at the top. 

While the Mavericks are seeded so high, there are still using tactics to improve how they execute their next games in practice as well as in games.

David Bassey | MSU Reporter

“We need to bring our energy up, play with more of an edge or intensity level and execute better on both sides of the ball, especially in the final third and in transition moments,” said Head Coach, Brian Bahl.

Winona State’s record on the year is 1-1, in which they lost to Michigan Tech in a game on September 9th.

While the Warriors don’t seem like a threat on a paper, it’s key the Mavericks use every game before postseason conference games to get ahead on maneuvers and show how much of a threat they are.

While the Mavericks were disappointed with their loss on Sunday against Central Missouri, it was an example of how they will be stepping up to the plate even more to prevent any more losses from occurring.

“We have extremely high expectations for this team. We played well in moments and there were certainly positives too from the game, but we fully expected to go down there and win, so to come away with anything less than a win was disappointing,” said Bahl.

The Mavericks soccer team has always held a high standard of talent on the field but they are also focused on other team dynamics as well.

Gage Cureton | MSU Reporter

“We have an amazing group of young women and a wonderful family culture that we are extremely proud of. It’s become a true staple of our program these last few years and they do a phenomenal job of making sure that the success of our program extends off the field in the classroom and into the community as well,” said Bahl.

Most recently, the Mavericks had the highest GPA in program history, as reported this past spring with a 3.69 GPA.

The Mavericks look to keep showing up their program history by carrying the family dynamic and success throughout the rest of the season.

Feature photo by Gage Cureton | MSU Reporter.

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