By DENISE SEYFER
The Mount Mary University Blue Angels soccer team notched their first win of the season 5-1 over Eureka College on Saturday. They then suffered a 7-0 setback at home on Wednesday against the Concordia University Falcons.
Concordia was a step up in competition. The Falcons led the first half 3-0 after a lethargic start on offense.
“I feel that we played at a lower level than we normally do. For that reason, we gave up goals that we definitely shouldn’t and that was pretty frustrating for me, especially as a goalkeeper,” said Mount Mary senior, Ashley Leverenz.
Team captain Nina Her, a junior, left the game frustrated with an injured left quad.
“I just want my team to want to be here and want to win,” she said. “Show the coach you can do it.”
Soccer coach Joe Shokatz stated at halftime he wanted to see the girls improve communication and stay positive for the second half.
At the start of the second half the Blue Angels defense continued its efforts at stopping the Falcons from scoring.
“There was one point in the beginning of the second half where we started showing promise,” Leverenz said. “We seemed to be working and playing harder so the other team wasn’t able to score for about 20 minutes or so.”
The loss didn’t stop Leverenz’s drive for a successful season.
“I want to encourage anyone from the university to come out and see at least one game! We love having someone out there we know. It seems to give us a reason to play even harder. This doesn’t go just for the soccer team, but all athletic teams could use the support. It would be great to get a good fan base started,” Leverenz said.