By: Ruby Arani/ GCU Staff
Over the weekend, two of the Grand Canyon University women’s club soccer teams competed in the 12th annual Aztec Cup. They knew they were going to face tough and experienced teams, but lack of energy and some bad luck made the weekend difficult for the Lopes. Though the Aztec Cup didn’t give the GCU teams the results they wanted, the overall tournament experience provided the Lopes insight to better their game.
The Lopes’ first team opened the tournament Friday against the host team San Diego State University. Aggressive energy by the Lopes led to a scoreless first half, but loss of the same energy in the second half had them coming up short in the match-up, losing 2-0. “We need to execute our game plan the whole game as a team,” said head coach Erin Reinke after the match.
Saturday against Cal State University Long Beach, the Lopes evenly matched, but two costly penalties during the match resulted in a 3-0 loss.
Meanwhile, the GCU purple team, GCU women’s club second team, took on two competitive teams –California State University San Marcos and University of Arizona – and kept up with the competition before eventually losing steam in both matches. GCU and GCU purple ended the tournament by playing against each other with GCU first team coming out on top, winning 3-0.
Both GCU teams had a tough weekend throughout the Aztec Cup, but Reinke saw countless learning opportunities for GCU women’s club soccer. “Yes, it was a tough weekend for both teams, but both the first and second team definitely improved,” said Reinke. “Each game they played, they continued to work on the game plan I have set for them. This past weekend is helping us prepare for our game against NAU and our league.”
The Lopes will return home this Saturday, September 30 at 10 am at Prescott Field to take on the Northern Arizona University Lumberjacks. Go Lopes!