By: Ruby Arani/ GCU Staff
The spring season can symbolize a time of a new beginnings, which is what Grand Canyon University Women’s Club Soccer program. After a 2-9 fall season, the Lopes rang a different tune to start the spring with a “clean sheet”, shutting out the University of California Riverside, 6-0.
As soon as the opening whistle blew, the Lopes took control of the match. Within the first three minutes, Lopes’ senior forward Megan Wojnicki took control of the ball that got through the UCR defense and sent a shot past the goalkeeper. Throughout the rest of the first half, the Lopes maintained a majority of possession, maintain the 1-0 lead.
“We were able to get some good looks early on, which led to our first goal within the first minutes of the match,” said Wojnicki. “I think the early lead got our confidence up and made everyone hungry for more.”
In the second half, the Lopes moved together and pressured UC Riverside, which resulted in five more goals throughout the remainder of the second half. Lopes’ Head Coach Erin Reinke saw that the main cause of the victory over UC Riverside was simply teamwork.
“We played with more composure and started to move the ball around well,” said Wojnicki. “Communication has continued to improve. When all of those things fall into place, we are able to really enjoy the game and have fun with it.”
Next weekend, the GCU women’s club soccer team will travel to San Diego, California to compete against tough competition of their southwestern conference such as: San Diego State University, University of San Diego and University of California San Diego.
“This (upcoming) trip to San Diego will be a good challenge for us,” said Wojnicki. “We are coming off of two high scoring, shut-out wins, but we can’t let our guard down. These California teams always prove to be great competition. We have to come out hard and play sharp.”
Interested in playing club soccer? Contact Head Coach Erin Reinke for more information.