The Lady Bears opened their Spring season this afternoon with 90 minutes of soccer on the fast and windy Plaster Stadium pitch. Facing off against D2 Missouri S&T, the Spring season allows the teams to work on some projects and take out their energy against another team rather than their teammates.
Working in three 30 minute sessions, the first two were scoreless and offered a few insights into what the projects might be. I’ll comment on the Miner’s first, then the Lady Bears.
The Miner’s came out strong this afternoon, working hard to go forward and pressure the Bear’s. Reflective of the strong season they had in the Fall, when they reached the GLVC Playoff’s for the first time ever, the ladies worked the ball well. The team lost four key seniors from that run but return a strong core led by seniors to be Melissa Young (M/F), Paige Smothers (D) and Stacy Luquette who takes over the starting role in goal. Junior-to-be Colleen Lewis is the midfield general and she’d fit in well on the Bears.
The Bear’s lost seniors Jordan Reppell and Sarah Linsin from the backline that took them to the MVC Final last year. It appears they have also lost freshman Brooke Williams from the State Champion Liberty Jay’s, who was the most dangerous player on the pitch for them once Rachel Weimer went down injured.
Freshman Tiffany Laughlin may be called on to play the same role for the Bears she did for the Pattonville when she moved to the back line as a senior for the 2nd Place Pirates. In the middle I like junior Jesslyne McGrath’s calm under pressure and Adrianne Kalogerou also worked well in the outside defensive position. Lauren Wendt showed good positioning and the ability to get to the goal. All three Springfield players got in plenty of minutes (Bailes, Roberts, Stewart) with Bailes starting in central midfield and Roberts at an outside midfield position.
April 3rd vs Missouri Valley College (NAIA), 1pm
April 9th vs SBU (D2), 1pm
April 9th vs Drury (D2), 7pm
April 16th vs UCM, 6pm
April 19th vs MSSU, 6:30pm
All matches are in Plaster Stadium on Campus
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