Lopes lean on each other through losses
By: Maria Adams/GCU Club Sports Writing Staff
Three tough games. Three opportunities to learn.
Grand Canyon University Men’s Club Soccer’s Team Purple and Team Black both lost games to Mesa FC Friday night, while Team White dropped a game to Ottawa University the following morning. All three games were held at Colter Fields on the GCU campus.
While the game outcomes were unfavorable, all three Lopes’ teams were determined to grow through these trials.
Mesa FC 1, GCU Team Purple 0
Friday’s first matchup was a ‘close to the vest’ battle that consisted of few offensive opportunities for either team. The Lopes’ defensive line was perfect until allowing the gamewinner in the final ten minutes of the game.
“Defensively, we successfully held off their forwards and strikers until the last few minutes,” said Lopes’ player Jacob Sargent. “Now we need to focus on finishing. We need to work on our offense a lot.”
Mesa FC 8, GCU Team Black 1
GCU Team Black struggled to control Mesa FC’s offensive efforts, but tried not to let the scoreboard affect their intensity.
“We never gave up,” said Lopes’ sophomore Derek Ward. “We remained focused on playing our game, and we did not let the score affect us.”
GCU freshman Riley Krueger Harding scored the Lopes’ lone goal in the first half.
H2: Ottawa University 2, GCU Team White 0
While GCU Team White fought hard defensively, they never did find their groove on the offensive side of the ball.
“We had a lot of courage and a positive attitude,” said Lopes’ sophomore Luis Chiang. “We just struggled finding the back of the net.”
Though the three teams failed to capture a win, their head coach saw several improvements.
“All three teams played better than the week before,” said Lopes’ Head Coach Petar Draksin. “As they play more games, they will increase their ability to work together as a team.”
Interested in joining the GCU Men’s Club Soccer program? Contact Head Coach Petar Draksin today!