By: Ruby Arani/ GCU Staff
Despite the fact they were able to keep momentum throughout the night, Grand Canyon University women’s club soccer team lost 3-0 in their season opener to Arizona State University.
ASU went into the match as a more experienced team, but GCU’s head coach’s saw her team learn lessons from the Sun Devil experience. “ASU is a good club team,” said GCU head coach Erin Reinke. “They played very well together and we can learn a lot from this match today.”
The Lopes started the game off strong by holding back the ASU attack. They nearly kept the match scoreless for a half, but the ASU offense used a successful breakaway and an impressive shot that was deflected by Lopes’ freshman goal keeper Rachel Wang to score. As the ball bounced in the box, Wang hustled to get the ball, but ASU offense stayed on top of her, and scored with 20 seconds left in the first half.
In the first two minutes of the second half, ASU went on the attack, optimizing on a GCU defensive breakdown that led into another Sun Devil goal. As the match progressed, the GCU side held back the strong ASU attacking third until the 69th minute, when a GCU breakdown resulted in the last goal of the match.
Though the Lopes lost in their season opener, Reinke is looking to her team to recognize their mistakes and adjust. “This was our first league play and we still have some kinks to work out. The girls’ effort was there, but we just have to fine tune our roles and responsibilities when they are out on the field.”
The GCU women’s club soccer team will compete next weekend in the 12th annual Aztec Cup in San Diego, California on the campus of San Diego State University. “We will be ready to play and win at the Aztec Cup,” said Reinke. The Lopes will return home on Saturday September 30 at 1 pm to take on the Lumberjacks of Northern Arizona University at Prescott Field. Go Lopes!