By: Ruby Arani/ GCU Staff
While 2017 is coming to a close, 2018 opens up opportunities of improvement.
The 2018 spring season can be the Grand Canyon University Women’s Club Soccer program to look back on and improve from the fall season to become a power-house in the Southwestern Conference of the West Coast Soccer Alliance.
Fall Season Brief
The Lopes had a tough season in the fall, ending with a 2-9 record. The Lopes’ took on the likes of Northern Arizona University, Arizona State University and University of Arizona. Throughout the season, the Lopes scoring a total of eight goals and allowing 31 goals.
The fall season did not provide the results the Lopes were hoping for but the program was able to finish strong, beating in-state rival ASU 3-1 at Prescott Field. “With that win against ASU, we ended the fall on a high note,” said Lopes’ Head Coach Erin Reinke.
Preparing for Spring Season
Reinke looks back on the fall season as a learning curve.
“The team’s strengths lie in the team’s enthusiasm to improve, to work hard and to have fun. We will be able to build a stronger foundation and have more success for the spring,” said Reinke. “Now, our team’s biggest weakness is not coming into the season fit. They have control over their fitness. (They) need to spend enough time on their fitness in the off-season.”
During the regular season, Reinke and the Lopes will be circling big matches against ASU, U of A and NAU, “These games are always top rivalry games for us,” said Reinke.
The Lopes spring season will include regular season game and out-state tournaments. The GCU Women’s Club Soccer program is looking to compete in the World Club Collegiate Soccer Championship Showcase and Tournament hosted in San Antonio, Texas in March.The showcase will host international collegiate teams as well as teams from around the United States.
As the team comes back in January for practice, Reinke will continue to build the team for the upcoming spring season. “A goal for me as the coach is for the team to continue to bring enthusiasm, continue to work hard and ultimately have fun,” said Reinke.