By: Chase Gardiner/GCU Staff
After taking their lumps in a 6-1 loss two weeks ago to the University of Arizona, the Grand Canyon University Men’s Club Soccer team showed what they learned Sunday in Tucson, walking away with a 1-1 tie in their rematch with the Wildcats.
After watching his players struggle in their first match against U of A, Lopes Head Coach Lance Thompson was more than relieved to see his team band together and reverse the outcome the second time around.
“Playing U of A again and getting the tie this time really helped with our confidence as a team, and it also confirmed that if we all own our areas, we can be a really tough team to beat,” said Thompson. “Although we still need to improve in some areas, specifically our attack in the final third, we’ve taken some good steps in the right direction over the past few weeks, and you could see that in this match.”
For any fans dedicated enough to take the two-hour trek to Tucson, the progress was easily visible. As Thompson pointed out after the team’s first match against the Wildcats, the biggest opponent of GCU was themselves.
“The biggest difference we had this time around was our ability to limit any errors that could lead to us beating ourselves,” explained Thompson. “As we learned in the last matchup, U of A is a really good team that knows how to capitalize off of the errors we make, so this time around it was crucial that we found a way to clean those up so that we had the chance to be competitive with them.”
While a 1-1 tie certainly looks better than a 6-1 loss in the record book, it’s still no match for the feeling that comes alongside such an impressive response to adversity.
“Getting this point on the road is also really valuable as it helped to keep us at the top of the league standings,” said Thompson.
Following this important match, the Lopes will look to keep things rolling as they prepare for two important matches against Arizona State University: October 13 at 11 am at Prescott Field on GCU’s campus; then one week later on October 20 at ASU at 6 pm to close out their fall regular season.
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