By: Chase Gardiner/GCU Staff
After suffering a tough loss to Ottawa University on September 10, the Grand Canyon University Men’s Club Soccer team were eager for redemption.
It came from the east.
The Lopes capitalized on their next available opportunities, nabbing two impressive wins during their annual New Mexico to Texas road trip over the weekend.
On Saturday, the men’s team traveled to Socorro, New Mexico, to face off against New Mexico Tech for the second time this season. After a 4-0 shutout win in their first matchup at Prescott Field September 2, the Lopes provided the same lack of suspense the second time around, downing NMT again, 5-2.
The Lopes then headed out to El Paso, Texas, Sunday for a rematch against their season-opening opponents from the University of Texas-El Paso. Just as before, the Lopes offense proved too potent for the Miners to handle as GCU earned a 5-1 victory.
Lopes Head Coach Lance Thompson was quick to admit how draining this road trip can be for his athletes once they returned home, but noted what gave his team the edge.
“Without question, they are probably the most coachable team we’ve had so far,” said Thompson. “It’s a luxury to be able to go into halftime, verbalize some things and make some adjustments, and the guys get it and can put them into effect immediately.”
While the outcomes were positive and the team seemed to operate well together, the Lopes know that they still have a whole season to improve.
“I always tell the guys that the most important team on the schedule is GCU,” said Thompson. “We aren’t worried about the competition, but improving ourselves instead. If we know our own roles and responsibilities, and we execute, then we will get the results we desire.”
The first order on that list of improvements?
“We’ve got to get a little more polished in the final third,” said Thompson. “We also need to work on our communication on the field, primarily defensively, so that is what we will be addressing throughout the week.”
If his athletes are as coachable as Thompson says, these adjustments shouldn’t take long to implement. The Lopes’ next chance to display their improvement happens September 28 against San Diego State University in the first game of the annual Aztec Cup in San Diego, California.
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