Team ‘plays for each other’

Jaci Kohn
Staff writer

It’s mid-season, the OVC tournament is fast approaching and stacking up on points is important to the Murray State soccer team during the next couple weeks.

The Racers will face two opponents at home this weekend. Looking to best Eastern Illinois University on Friday and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Sunday.

Coach Beth Acreman hopes the momentum of the past games will help her team, however she said they have some things to work on.

“Coming off two games this weekend we have to work on the attacking side,” she said. “Just take care and flow a little bit better. We need to get opportunities to score goals and show that we can make good use of them and defensively just keep being disciplined.”

Both teams this weekend will give the Racers a run for their money said Acreman.

“Everybody knows how important it is to get wins,” she said. “They are going to be hard nosed and they are going to be motivated and ready to come here and fight.”

Acreman said right now they are in the middle of the OVC play and it’s an important time in the season.

“We are going to have two tough games this weekend at home,” she said. “But we need to be pushing to be successful get some points.”

Sophomore forward Shauna Wicker said the team’s strengths are defense and how close the team has become.

“I feel like we have one of the best defenses in the whole conference because they are all upperclassmen and they know how to play with each other,” she said. “Julie Moody is really good on the wing. Jill Russell is on top and she’s just going to plow through anyone. We have a good strong center and everyone is good.”

The team’s belief in each other is how they will continue to win Wicker said.

“We will have to play together and for each other and have each others backs the whole way,” she said. “We need to be determined to win. No one needs to take all on themselves we all have to play for each other and believe in each other. We need to believe if we have the lead that we can win because we get so nervous when ever we have the lead.”

The Racers face Eastern Illinois University at 3 p.m. today and Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville at 1 p.m. Sunday. Both games will be played at Cutchin Field.

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