GCU defeats ASU, splits weekend
By: Ruby Arani/ GCU Staff
Rivalries always bring out the best in teams. Latest case in point? Grand Canyon University’s Women’s Club Soccer team took down its arch-rival, Arizona State University, 3-1, in their final weekend of the season.
On Saturday, the Lopes took on ASU looking for payback and that’s exactly what the Lopes got. The Lopes wasted no time scoring as Lopes freshman center midfielder Jenna Fry headed a corner kick into the back of the net just five minutes of the match. Throughout the first half, GCU set the tempo of the match with high aggressive energy to keep the 1-0 lead going into halftime.
Going into the second half, tensions were high. In the 54th minute, the ASU goalkeeper committed a pushing foul in the goalie box against senior forward Megan Wojnicki that led into a penalty kick. Wojnicki took the penalty kick with ease and sent a strike past the ASU goalkeeper, putting the Lopes up 2-0.
The game progressed with both sides fighting for possession. Momentum swung in favor of ASU in the 82nd minute, where the Sun Devils capitalized on a defensive breakdown by GCU, scoring their only goal of the game. Momentum again switched in favor of the Lopes in the 88th minute of the match. A beautiful ball was played into the ASU penalty box where Wojnicki took a touch around the ASU goalkeeper and hit a great strike to the back of ASU net, sealing the 3-1 win for the Lopes.
“The teamwork and the chemistry is what worked today,” said head coach Erin Reinke after the win. “We had a really good week of practice, and it was pretty positive. The work was there and it carried over to the game today. It was a lot more fun today.”
Last game of the fall season, Lopes looking toward the spring
On Sunday, Reinke wanted to keep momentum fresh by sending in the second team to take on the Wildcats of University of Arizona.
The game was a hard-fought battle for the Lopes, but the match wasn’t on their side as the GCU Club Women Soccer’s second team lost 6-0. “We just didn’t compete well,” said Reinke.
Though the Lopes suffered the tough loss at the end of the year, the GCU club women’s soccer team can look forward to the spring season.
“I am looking forward to building a highly competitive team,” said Reinke. “The girls have the rest of the fall to get ready for the spring. I am excited for the new season.”
GCU women’s club soccer will return in mid-January 2018.