Lopes display versatility in final games
By: Maria Adams/GCU Club Sports Writing Staff
Progress shines in the face of adversity.
Grand Canyon University Women’s Club Soccer lost its final game of the season to the Arizona Stormat Prescott Field on the GCU campus. The Lopes’ 5-2 defeat followed a 2-2 tie to the Storm just one week before that. Though GCU did not clinch a win to cap off their season, the squad demonstrated improvements and an ability to step into new roles.
“At the beginning of the season, we definitely showed more individual efforts,” said Lopes’ Head Coach Hannah Bolton. “In this game, we had more players get involved and did much better attacking and defending as a team.”
Injuries forced the Lopes to make several last-minute adjustments to the starting lineup. Despite her limited experience in the position, GCU’s Payten Leeman stepped in between the pipes in goal for the first time this season.
“Payten has some goalkeeping experience, but is primarily a field player,” said Bolton. “She was really crucial for our attacking game when she was on the field, but she willingly stepped in as keeper and did a good job.”
In a pandemic-filled year that will go down in sports history, Bolton recognized that it is not all about the win-loss record.
“It was not the way we wanted to end our season – especially since we started so strong in our first few games,” said Bolton. “This year was more about the excitement to be playing again and taking the time to appreciate being together.”
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